On Friday evening, December 6th, AASK sponsored a wonderful workshop, “Strengthening Healthy Family Attachments,” which was presented by Jodi Maspaitella. She spoke to the group on recognizing how trauma impacts attachment; balancing responsibility, trust and freedom for a child; creating structure and routines; and other parenting tips that everyone found to be very useful.
The next time Jodi presents will be on January 24, 2014: her topic will be “Managing Difficult Behaviors.” This workshop will be perfect for anyone who is considering adoption, all the way through to those who adopted their child or children many years ago.
Join us for the 33rd Annual Uncle Nathan’s Day on Saturday, December 14th. Here’s the most updated info about the event, which will begin at 11:00 a.m. in Capitola, followed by a train ride in Felton at 2:15 p.m.!
Uncle Nathan’s Day is a holiday party for AASK’s families and friends. It starts out at the Capitola Mercantile, 109 San Jose Avenue, Capitola, where there will be pizza, drinks, cookies, music, a bounce house and face painting! And, last but not least, we’ll head to Felton to enjoy a train ride and see Santa Claus!
Adopt A Special Kid and Raise A Child are partnering on Thursday, December 5th from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the W Hotel in San Francisco to recruit more families interested in fostering or adopting kids. Take a look at this video and let us know if you’d like to attend!
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 in recognition of 40 years of creating families: from the City of Oakland, presented by Council Member Libby Schaaf and City Auditor Courtney Ruby; and the California State Legislature by Assembly Member Ron Bonta.
KTVU News Anchor Frank Somerville and 2013 DeBolt Scholarship recipient Kiki Saunders each told their poignant adoption stores. News Anchor Wendy Tokuda sparkled as she humorously recounted her connection with the DeBolt Family and 40 years of AASK. Co-founder Bob DeBolt acknowledged the Dorothy DeBolt Legacy Award and received a standing ovation! Long-time supporter Peter Dwares was thrilled to be the recipient of our Ally Award.
During the evening’s program, we heard heartwarming stories from honored AASK parents about their journey of adopting through AASK, reminding everyone of the importance of our mission and the critical work that we do. All guests shared in the joy of celebrating 40 years of love, dreams, and family.
On behalf of all of us at AASK we thank you for your partnership; we were able to raise over $65,000 for critical AASK programs that will change the lives of children and families as we continue to serve them. We appreciate and are inspired by people like you who make everything that we do possible!
Enjoy a slideshow of photos from our event:
And enjoy a video by Alec Mapa, Star of AMC’s Showville, which he made especially for AASK’s 40th Anniversary:
Thanks to the wonderful generosity of a major donor and so many of you who contributed to the ninth annual Dorothy & Robert DeBolt Scholarship fund, we were able to grant financial awards to eleven outstanding students who were adopted from foster care in California:
2013 DeBolt Scholarship Recipient: Kiki Saunders
2013 DeBolt Scholarship First Runner-Up: Salina Pacheco
2013 DeBolt Scholarship Second Runner-Up: Madalyn Geller
Honorable Mention awards:Kelley Lyons, Albert Marris, Alyssa McKown
Awards of Recognition: Frances Collins, Carly Corona, Alannah Fant, Christopher Moore, Nathan Sheridan
If you were adopted after being in foster care in California, and are continuing your education, you too have a chance to win $2,000 or more in 2014! Click here for more info about the DeBolt Scholarship.
AASK Board members Carolyn Marley and Corinne Flores joined author Vanessa Diffenbaugh at Hayward City Hall on August 17th as a public service for residents to learn how to get involved with and support organizations that help foster youth, including AASK. Diffenbaugh is on tour promoting The Language of Flowers, her debut novel. The book creates a vivid portrait of a young woman, Victoria Jones, eighteen and emancipated from the foster care system. Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes that she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. A mysterious vendor at the flower market inspires her to question what’s been missing in her life. When Victoria’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.