Welcome to AASK (Adopt A Special Kid) in California

AASK helps you to develop a life-long relationship with a child who needs your love and care. Since 1973, AASK has found that every child is adoptable and has a right to a permanent, loving family. We ask you to further open your heart to a child who has experienced a trauma or is living with a disability. Your family will be deeply enriched! If you have already adopted or fostered a child, AASK offers support programs to help nurture your family and build community.

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Press Release for AASK’s Rainbow of Families Fun Run/Walk
Please click the following link for a PDF of our press release re: AASK Press Release – Rainbow of Families Fun Run-Walk that will take place on Saturday, August 2nd (9 am-11:30 am) starting at the Lake Merritt Bandstand, 666 Bellevue Ave in Oakland to raise … Continue reading

Wednesday, July 9 – Free Workshop for Families and Professionals
AASK – Adopt A Special Kid presents a workshop for families and professionals Lying & Stealing – Attachment & Moral Development of Children with Devon Rubin, LCSW Few things are more distressing to foster and adoptive parents than when a … Continue reading

We’re getting ready for Camp ALWAYS!
We are making preparations by airing out our sleeping bags, collecting ingredients for s’mores and getting materials together for art projects for Camp ALWAYS (A Life With Adoption Yields Success)! In less than two weeks, 33 foster-adoptive families consisting of 132 … Continue reading

The Foster Care System: What Parents Wish We Knew
The Foster Care System: What Parents Wish We Knew [Audio File and Transcript] Author(s): Headlee, Celeste.;Burnette, Michelle.;Cecka, Dale Margolin. Published: 2013 Abstract: This 30-minute audio recording features Michelle Burnett, a foster mother that has foster more than 40 children over … Continue reading

Factsheets from the NCTSN Childhood Traumatic Grief Committee
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Childhood Traumatic Grief Committee developed the following three factsheets (links below will provide you the factsheet for each subject):     Helping Military Children Grieve: Tip Sheet for Educators offers tips for supporting … Continue reading

Resources to Help Youth Who Are or Were in Foster Care
Two federal agencies have developed new resources designed to help children and youth who are or were in foster care:   The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently released action letters for child welfare caseworkers to send to credit bureaus if they find … Continue reading

June 10th – RSVP to Learn about Foster Adoption Directly from AASK Families
Presents a workshop for families and professionals AASK Adoptive Family Panel Three AASK families will be on the panel, sharing their own adoption stories and offering insight from their personal journeys. Each family has adopted at least one child from foster … Continue reading

Update: AB 1790 Unanimously passes the Assembly Appropriations Committee
The Assembly Appropriations Committee heard our collective voices and unanimously passed 2014.AB 1790 – Advocacy Plan to Increase Pool of Adoption/Permanency Competent Mental Health Providers through to the Assembly floor for vote. This was made possible as a result of … Continue reading

Spring 2014 Newsletter!
    The cover page article, “The Promise of A Future”  features two of our new and recent DeBolt Scholarship recipients. This edition also includes a list of our parent trainings, tells about our exciting and successful events, and lots … Continue reading

AB1790 Adoption Competency Bill Support Letter Request
“The voice of the adoptive families is crucially important to the passage of this bill.” Gail Johnson Vaughan from Mission Focused Solutions   California Association of Adoption Agencies (CAAA), of which AASK is an active member, and Mission Focused Solutions … Continue reading

Adoption Camp Counselor (Santa Cruz Mountains)
Come join the fun at Camp ALWAYS 2014–The Award-winning adoptive family camp, designed and implemented by Adopt A Special Kid–June 22nd – 27th, 2014. The camp provides families who have adopted from foster care with respite, education, social-networking and recreational … Continue reading

May is National Foster Care Month!
On April 30, 2014 President Barack Obama proclaimed the month of May as National Foster Child Care Month. Among points that he raised during the proclamation recognizing the almost 400,000 children in foster care nationwide, he stated, “One third of … Continue reading

AASK invites you to schedule your GiveOUT Day donation for May 15th
On May 15th, AASK – Adopt A Special Kid invites you to be part of history and participate in the 2nd annual national Give OUT Day! Give OUT Day is a national initiative that will engage hundreds of organizations and mobilize … Continue reading

AASK’s Executive Director to appear on KGO 810 Radio’s “Cooking With Ryan Scott”
Tune in on Saturday, April 19th at 4:30pm on KGO 810 AM Radio’s to hear  AASK’s Executive Director, Doni DeBolt, be interviewed on the “Cooking with Ryan Scott” Show about the upcoming fundraiser - SF Bay Chili Cook-Off (April 26 1-4pm at Classic Cars West … Continue reading

Crisis Intervention Workshop This Friday Evening!
Adopt A Special Kid will present a workshop for all families and professionals: Crisis Intervention in Working With Youth, with Jodi Maspaitella of H.E.L.P. This workshop will be held this Friday, April 18th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at … Continue reading

Camp ALWAYS registration is now open!
The thirteenth season of our award-winning adoptive family camp will be held on June 23rd-27th, 2014 at Mt. Cross in Ben Lomond, California. To be eligible to attend Camp ALWAYS, you must have at least one child (age 0-21) in … Continue reading

Clipped Wings Volunteers Help AASK Soar
Pictured here are four volunteers from the Oakland Chapter of the United Airlines Clipped Wings whose work saved AASK at least 8 hours’ worth of paid time sorting through 1,000′s of raffle ticket stubs from one of our previous events.  Thank … Continue reading

Diversity Chief at Walgreens Tells His Inspiring Story!
    “Life,” says Steve Pemberton, “is about what you overcome, what you build.” Pemberton, author of “A Chance in the World” talks about his beginnings as an orphan and his rise from a fractured past. Now the diversity chief … Continue reading

AASK joins the Emeryville Chamber of Commerce
Pictured here is Joe Engle, Adopt A Special Kid’s new Development Manager and Doni DeBolt Adopt A Special Kid’s Executive Director accepting a new member plaque from Bob Canter, President & CEO of Emeryville Chamber of Commerce.  AASK – Adopt … Continue reading

Thank you, Give Something Back!
This week three representatives visited our office to inform us that, our neighbor, Give Something Back was making a donation to Adopt A Special Kid of over $3,700. Give Something Back is celebrating 23 years of giving back to their … Continue reading

Celebrating Our Social Workers!
Celebrated each March, National Professional Social Work Month is an opportunity for social workers across the country to turn the spotlight on the profession and highlight the important contributions they make to society. Here at Adopt A Special Kid we … Continue reading

Don’t Miss Our Chili Cook-Off!
Please join us for a sizzling hot time on Saturday April 26th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm: The 12th Annual SF Bay Chili Cook-Off for AASK! Come to a fun family event with kid friendly activities! Create and bring … Continue reading

Enjoy This Success Story!
Every week, in five cities across the country, “Wednesday’s Child” features children who are waiting in foster care to be adopted, and success stories of families who have adopted from foster care. Hosted by local news anchors, the television segments … Continue reading

Congratulations to the Salcedo-Fernandez family!
Last year Karen and Luz  brought four children into their family – all siblings. Yesterday their adoption was finalized, and AASK staff members were delighted to join the family in celebrating this special occasion. We are so happy for them … Continue reading

Help Save the Adoption Tax Credit!
ALERT – BREAKING NEWS Last Wednesday, February 26, David Camp, chair of the Ways and Means Committee, released his much anticipated  tax reform proposal and it proposes eliminating the adoption tax credit. This news makes our advocacy efforts that much … Continue reading

Attachment Parenting, Part II to take place at AASK Office
We are looking forward to Adopt A Special Kid social worker Devon Rubin’s presentation, “Attachment Parenting, Part II” on Tuesday March 18, which will take place at the AASK office from 10am to noon. On Tuesday morning, February 11th,  Devon presented … Continue reading

You Can Help! Encourage Congress!
Adopt a Special Kid needs your help in encouraging Congress to pass the Adoption Incentive Program Reauthorization. Please forward to friends and family so we can get this passed! You can write or call your U.S. Senator (find them here) and … Continue reading

Let Love Define Family!
Adopt A Special Kid and Raise A Child have joined together to find families interested in becoming adoptive parents. Take a few moments to read this story: here’s a great example of what happens in a loving family when two children … Continue reading

2014 DeBolt Scholarship Application Now Available!
If you were adopted after being in California foster care and are continuing your education, like our previous scholarship recipient shown here, Sharray Morales-Washington, you have a chance to win $2,000 or more! The application for the 2014 Dorothy and … Continue reading

AASK Recertified by Human Rights Campaign!
We are proud to say that, in 2013, AASK was one of the first agencies in the nation to be recertified by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation! In 2011 AASK was one of the first to be awarded the All … Continue reading

Interested in Becoming a Board Member?
Would you like to change the lives of children in foster care in California? Adopt A Special Kid is looking for people interested in being on the Board of Directors. If you’re interested, continue reading for more information and contact … Continue reading

Our 40th Anniversary Celebration Surpassed Our Wildest Dreams!!
Our 40th Anniversary Celebration on November 1st at Scott’s Seafood Restaurant in Jack London Square surpassed our wildest dreams! What an exciting and successful event! To kick off the evening, as well as National Adoption Month, AASK received two Resolutions … Continue reading

10 Things You Need to Know About Adopting from Foster Care
Read the BlogHer.com article to learn 10 Things You Need to Know About Adopting from Foster Care. Then click here to learn how AASK-Adopt A Special Kid helps with the process of adopting from foster care.