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Strengthening Adoptive Families


The Maikowski Family

Our adoption story starts with my adoption story. Spending several years in foster care as a child and then being adopted with two of my biological sisters at the age of 12, has formed my views on what family looks like. I always knew I wanted to be a mom and that I wanted to foster or adopt someday. After proving weekend respite care for two boys, our lives were about to change as we decided to proceed with adoption.

The Williams Family

About 3.5 years ago our family was called by God to start the journey of foster care. As we went through the process, we felt called to only foster school age and older. But, a family we attended church with asked if we would be willing to take placement of a baby girl that was soon to be born. On a Friday afternoon, we received a call asking if we could take placement of the baby and, without any further thought, we said yes. The moment we met her we immediately fell in love. After 28 months of providing the baby girl, Kaliah, with a safe, loving home, we were able to adopt her and call her our daughter Kaliah Kateri Faith Williams.

The Edwards Family

Earl and Danielle Edwards are proud adoptive parents of seven children, five from foster care through Lutheran Family Services. The family cherishes their time together, cooking and eating wholesome meals, swimming, rock climbing, being outdoors, and actively serving at church. Earl and Danielle believe, “God has a pure and perfect plan for every child and these seven were made for us.” They love including the birth families whenever possible—the Edwards family feels the more positive loving people surrounding their children, the better.



The Jockey Being Family “Knotters” are a group of Kenosha, WI based ladies (some of whom are former Jockey employees) who hand-tie hundreds of blankets each year that are then put into Jockey Being Family® backpacks that go to children in our Wisconsin community. Their heartwarming contributions have been enjoyed by countless children and their “Forever Families.”

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