Tammy and Kent Lee lived in a small Nebraska town with their four daughters Paige, Parker, Pacie and Payton. When Tammy’s niece gave birth to a son, doctors discovered drugs in his system, along with other health issues. The decision was made to place baby Abel in the Lee’s care.
Tammy’s initial focus was to care for Abel until her niece was off drugs and able to care for him. Over the next few months, it became clear that Abel would not be able to return to his biological mother, and the Lees were ready and willing to adopt him.
As the adoption got closer, the KVC Foster Care Specialist asked Tammy if she planned on changing Abel’s name to fit in with the rest of the family. Baby Abel is now baby Paxton, and officially part of the Lee family.
KVC recognizes relatives as the preferred resource for children who can no longer be cared for by their birth families due to abuse, neglect or other family challenges. Kinship adoption or kinship care:
- Enables children to live with family whom they know and trust
- Promotes a child’s sense of identity and self-esteem, which develops from knowing their own family history and culture
- Strengthens the ability of families to give children the support they need
- Facilitates strong familial bonds
People from all types of backgrounds can adopt children from foster care. Whether you own or rent your home, have children already or don’t, work full-time or stay home, you may be eligible to adopt. Learn more about becoming a KVC Nebraska foster parent, which is the first step in our foster-to-adopt process.