Adoption Dreams Come True is so grateful to Jason Klipp and the Dish Network Riverfront Call Center team for the amazing donation drive for our Dream Room. The clothing, toys, diapers, strollers and baby accessories will make the lives of low income families with small children much better this holiday season. Our families shop for free in the Dream Room for items that many of us take for granted when we raise our children. Your generosity will make a difference in a child's life, thank you so much.
Realities for Children is partnered in service with 31 local youth agencies and creates a safety net for children when no other resources are available. Their mission is to provide for the unmet needs of children who have been abused, neglected or are at high risk.
Adoption Dreams Come True is appreciative of all Realities for Children does to help us create happy healthy families in Colorado by providing our birth parents and children with emergency needs.
HOME BASE provided by Realities for Children:
This centrally located Homebase facility will enhance Realities For Children Charities services in providing a one stop location for Back To School Supplies, Warm Winter Clothing, Santa’s Toy and Bikes For Tykes distributions that is equally accessible to all 31 Affiliate Agencies County wide. Offering the facility necessary to host safe youth activities that provide cathartic and therapeutic opportunity for change, as well as providing the campus space that is needed by so many of our Agency partners to strengthen their ability to heal along the path. Realities For Children works with virtually every service organization that provides for at-risk youth locally, and is in the unique position to meet this genuine need that the Homebase facility and campus will provide for all children in need.
Please choose to be part of this legacy by Donating a Brick on the 'Path of Healing' that will be featured at the entry and help support and empower the most vulnerable members of our community for generations to come.
THANK YOU REALITIES FOR CHILDREN FOR ALL YOU TO ENSURE THAT NO CHILD SHOULD BE FORGOTTEN!
Thank you to all these fabulous ladies who support Adoption Dreams Come True. We held our supportive member luncheon at the Tapestry House to honor our supportive members while raising awareness around adoption. Thank you to our active volunteers for hosting another fabulous and successful event.. Thank YOU!
Thank you to the Archibald Foundation, INC. We received our 4th annual grant of $5,000. It is with gratitude that we thank you for your generosity and heart. Your support helps us create families and deliver dreams.
Thank you to Elana Lagoo and Otter Cares of OtterBox for generous donation. Otter Box and the Otter Cares Foundation have a wonderful program called Dollars for Doers reward program which encourages employee volunteerism and involvement in the Community.. Thank you for all your on going support!!!
Thanks to everyone who came out to support us at our gala Night of Stars yesterday!
If you would like to see photos from the night, check out our Facebook page!
If you weren't able to attend and would like to support us with a donation, click here!
You can follow our special performer, Emma Marie, on her Facebook page.
Together, we are Making Families, Building Dreams!
We couldn't do it without you!
the Adoption Dreams Team
The Dream Room is a great resource within Larimer County that provides a free shopping experience for parents with young children ages 0-2! The Dream Room offers a large selection of donated clothing, toys, baby gear, and diapers.
We love and appreciate volunteers and donations! Right now, we are in desperate need of winter clothing donations!
We are in need of the following:
We also appreciate all of our volunteers! Volunteers are needed to staff and help run the Dream Room. To volunteer or donate, please contact us at 970-493-2557, email us , or stop by the Adoption Dreams Come True office at 316 W. Mulberry Street, Fort Collins!
Adoption Dreams Team
We have always dreamed of becoming parents and Adoption Dreams Come True (ADCT) helped make our dream a reality. From the first time we met with the agency, we knew ADCT was the perfect fit for us. One of the things we remember most from the first visit is that they told us to check out other agencies in the area to make sure we were positive we wanted to use their services. They explained the entire process and answered any questions we had. They provided their history as an agency, the requirements of the process and some of the rules after placement to give us a better understanding of the entire process. We never would have thought we would have found the right agency on the first attempt, but they truly put us at ease and we were thrilled at how comfortable we felt with them. The idea of an open adoption was a little intimidating when we began the process, but that was another area they helped educate us on and we were so excited when our birth mom picked us and wanted to have that open relationship with us. From the very minute our daughter was placed in our arms, our dream became a reality. Becoming a parent for the first time can be overwhelming enough but going through an adoption at the same time made it feel even scarier. But that feel was short lived as ADCT was there the entire time and we never felt like we were alone. ADCT provided fantastic support and guidance through the pre-placement process, at the hospital during the birth of our daughter and they continue to support after placement. The little angel that grew in our hearts is now a part of our lives and we have Adoption Dreams Come True to thank for making us a forever family.
- Audra & Eric
Colorado Women of Influence announces the recipients of the 2013 Women of Vision Awards:
Jackie Bebo, parent of 28 adopted children and founder Adoption for All Children, specializing in China and Korea adoptions.
Sandi Brown, academic dean with Colorado Early Colleges and owner/education consultant with Tutor Doctor Front Range.
Dr. Ada Chen, founder of Soaring Hope, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to serving orphans and poor people in China through numerous educational and medical missions and scholarships.
Dr. Kathleen Cooney, nationally recognized leader in the field of pet end-of-life care and founder of Home to Heaven, an in-home pet hospice and euthanasia company.
Dr. Leslie Cunningham-Sabo, Assistant Professor in the College of Applied Human Sciences at CSU, life-long dedication to the issues of childhood obesity.
Linda Hughey, co-founder & President of the No Colo Nonprofit Resource Center.
Brooke Hupp, breast cancer survivor who formed Team STABOS (Save Them All, Big or Small).
Sister Mary Alice Murphy, driving force behind the opening of The Mission, CARE Housing, the Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope in Ft. Collins and the Guadalupe Center in Greeley.
Tara Pogoda, owner of Fifth Element Ranch in Loveland, the #1 Colorado facilitator for the Warriors In Transition (WIT) therapeutic program for veterans and their families; official supporter of the veteran suicide awareness campaign, TransAmerica Ride For Life.
Dr. Amy Prieto, CSU Associate chemistry professor and founder of Prieto Battery, Inc., a new battery technology that could revolutionize electronic vehicles.
Irene Castillo Romsa, co-founder of the “Rincon de Cuentos” Spanish literacy program and “Imaginates” youth program in Colorado and of “Casa de Vida” a shelter for survivors of domestic violence in Guatemala.
Cindy Sarai, Executive Director of Adoption Dreams Come True, and founder of the Dream Guild, and the Dream Room.
Each of the Women of Vision Honorees will receive a commemorative gift bag from Colorado Women of Influence members, valued at $1,000.00.
Honorees will receive their award at The Women of Vision Gala, held the evening of Wednesday, July 24th at the Executive Club Restaurant at the Budweiser Event Center. The event includes a champagne reception at 5pm followed by dinner and the awards ceremony from 6 to 8pm.
Colorado Women of Influence, LLC, is a master-mind organization whose members are at a very high level in their careers. With a current membership of 171, COWOI seeks to be the gathering place for a eclectic group of accomplished women: Entrepreneurs, Owners, Executive Directors, Presidents and CEOs from the business world, as well as leaders of academia, government, the arts, athletics and community organizations. For information on Colorado Women of Influence, go to the website at http://cowoi.com or contact Ann Clarke at 970-817-5315.
The Gala, sponsored by Colorado Women of Influence, LLC, is an evening honoring 12 Northern Colorado women who have been singled out as having made a significant contribution to the well-being and empowerment of women and the betterment of their communities through outstanding vision, innovation, leadership, and social Impact.
Colorado Women of Influence Founder & CEO Ann Clarke said, “COWOI felt there was a need for an evening of glitz and glamor to honor the women of our community who are truly Women of Vision. They have enriched the lives of others with intelligence, talent and – of course – vision. They deserve to be in the spotlight and hear our applause!”
Sarah Jane Kyle
Dream Guild helps nonprofit adoption agency make waves for low-income families
“I couldn’t afford clothes for my kids if it weren’t for places like this. They just grow so fast you can’t keep up.” Victoria Moul, Dream Room client.
If you’ve ever cared for a growing baby, you realize how quickly clothes can wear out.
As I watched 16-month Alex crawl, run and giggle around the Dream Room in the basement of Fort Collins nonprofit Adoption Dreams Come True, 316 W. Mulberry, I couldn’t help but smile. His mom couldn’t help but thank Dream Room volunteers for keeping the active little tyke occupied while she thumbed through the rows of donated clothing to get him through his latest growth spurt.
Around the same time, Victoria Moul of Estes Park and her oldest daughter Caliah Cooper, 14, were searching for clothes for the three babies in their family. The 40-mile drive isn’t what most would call short, but even the gas money spent getting to that little basement just off Mulberry was worth it to help lessen the 5-child family’s economic load.
The Dream Room started as a resource for birth mothers who came to the adoption nonprofit but decided to keep their baby and parent, offering a resource for free clothes, diapers and supplies to get them started. The agency offers counseling to birth parents regardless of whether or not they choose to put their child up for adoption. On an average year, founder and Executive Director Cindy Sarai said she might facilitate 2-18 adoptions, but serves up to 40 birth mothers.
As Sarai watched the Dream Room unfold to help the women who chose to keep their babies, she realized a greater need in Larimer County for low-income parents to have access to a similar resource and decided to extend the closet’s mission to provide baby clothes for everyone in the community.
The community closet offers parents up to seven outfits, seven sleepers, diapers as they are available and a variety of other supplies once per month at no charge. Sizes available include birth to 24 months, though volunteers told me they often struggle to bring in donations for older babies. For the families who visit, the Dream Room provides one less financial worry in the ever-expensive task of raising a child.
I could not afford clothes for my kids if it weren’t for places like this,” Moul told me. “They just grow so fast you can’t keep up… and we’re a big family.”
Nearly all the families who stopped by the Dream Room when I was there said they plan to bring back the clothes once their child outgrows them, “paying it forward” for other families in their situation.
The Dream Room is entirely operated by volunteers from the Dream Guild, a group of 19 active and 61 supportive volunteers who exist exclusively to facilitate volunteerism and fundraising for the agency. The Dream Guild was founded by Dorothy Fitzgerald to support Sarai and her mission to provide affordable adoptions to families of all types and preferences.
The guild takes in donations and maintains the Dream Room, hosts fundraisers such as a weekly bingo session each Monday at 1 p.m. at Bingo Planet in Loveland, creates and sells handmade crafts and greeting cards and provides various other supports for adoptive and birth parents.
Adoption Dreams Come True is able to provide adoptions on a sliding-scale fee largely due to the fundraising efforts of the Dream Guild, Sarai said.
“We never wanted to price good parents out of adoption,” she said.
“The way they do things at Adoption Dreams Come true is unlike anything I’ve ever seen,” added Fitzgerald. “I’m so proud to be part of this… it’s truly rewarding to help them.”
Adoption Dreams Come True, Inc.
What: Adoption Dreams Come True believes every child deserves a home that is loving, safe and permanent. This agency works to make this dream come true for Colorado children by supporting birth parents in their decision around an unplanned pregnancy, aiding adoptive parents in their process to adopt and working to make healthy, happy families. Volunteer efforts for Adoption Dreams Come True are led through the Dream Guild volunteer group. For more information, visit www.adoptiondreams.org.
Who to contact: Ginger DeReus, director of development, (970) 493-2557
Volunteer prerequisities: Volunteers are required to sign a confidentiality agreement. There is an hour of training required, which is held in the Dream Room typically on Tuesdays but must be scheduled ahead of time.
Volunteer responsibilities: Volunteers can help Adoption Dreams Come True through the Dream Guild, a group of individuals who work to increase public awareness of the agency and its clients, as well as community education and child advocacy, raising funds and organizing and promoting activities and events. The Guild operates the Dream Room, a no-fee based resource for low income families in Larimer County with children ages 0-2 years old. Volunteers in the Dream Room greet guests, fill out paperwork and assist with the selction of items and inventorying donations.
Typical time commitment per week: The Dream Room is open Monday 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11-1 p.m. The minimum commitment is 2 hours on a given day, with most volunteers needed on Wednesday and Thursday.