Written by Phyllis Stephenson, Executive Director

As the Executive Director of CAS and ABC my heart is focused on homecomings.  The day you bring your child(ren) home through adoption completes a long journey!  However, on that homecoming day, you realize it is worth all of the time, preparation and financial investment.  Tomorrow our team at CAS / ABC will be celebrating homecomings with our families. We will award Welcome Home Quilts to our children and join in the joyful celebration of the families.

Homecoming celebrations are like the icing on a cake. Homecomings are the visible and beautiful result of the journey of adoption.  The first step toward homecoming is the home study.  The home study process is like the creation of the cake, This is a process to get to know your family, understand the child(ren) who will grow your family and prepare you for success in the adoption journey.  The home study process just like the ingredients of a cake may not be exciting, requires attention to details and patience while waiting for the outcome.

At CAS/ ABC we have a great family services team to guide you through the home study process.   Our core family services team has more than 40 years of adoption experience and is led by Deann Borkowski.  Anna Hull provides expertise in the home study review and post-adoption process.  Cindi Rager works with each family as they begin the home study and gather a variety of documents to begin the home study.  This core team is supported by a network of 30 social workers with more than 100 years of expertise.  Together the CAS ABC team will connect all of the unique ingredients of your family to help you complete the adoption process.  We invite you to join us for a lunch and learn about home studies on June 18th at noon.  Please visit our website to submit your home study questions and make plans to join the call and talk with the team.

Summer is a great time to take the first steps to grow your family by beginning your home study process. I hope to see you at a future CAS ABC homecoming event and join in the celebration of adoption with your family. Thank you for changing the world one child at a time.

– Phyllis  K Stephenson