AEA’s member agencies operate state, regional, and national level and occasionally at the local, county, or multi-county level. Those operating within a state agency may have their services determined by state law or policy. They may be nonprofit, public, for profit, or private organizations. As leaders in the adoption of waiting children, AEA’s members may work with birth parents, waiting children, foster and adoptive parents, kin, and professionals who work alongside these constituents.
Periodically, we will feature AEA members here. A highlighted member of AEA is active in forums, newsletters, committees and the adoption community. They are actively engaged in AEA activities or share information with the other members.
2012 CNN Hero — David Wing-Kovarik
David Wing-Kovarik, an AEA Member, was nominated and selected as a CNN Hero for his work in breaking down barriers for children in foster care. The story explains the barriers that he and his partner, Conrad, faced when they first started the adoption process. "This was when we first experienced how being that gay couple just adds to the complexity of the whole process. It makes it harder" (Wing-Kovarik). Because of these barriers, David and Conrad were "determined to help other families deal with the same obstacles that he faced." The mission that David and Families Like Ours has built is to help all families, gay or straight, in their efforts to pursue adoption. They have been successful in providing top-notch training for families that resulted in over 75% of those families "to be placed with a child."
We are thrilled to see David and Families Like Ours recognized for the great work they do. Please view this CNN featured video and article and share this inspiring story. Keep up the excellent work, David and FLO!
To learn more about Families Like Ours visit their website.