After spending over two years working with a county social services agency with zero potential matches, I dumped them and transferred my home study to the Kinship Center. They found the *perfect* match for me in less than three months, and my son moved about 6 weeks later. We have been a very happy Forever Family for 10 years now! THANK YOU!
-- Steve in OC
13 years ago my wife and I adopted 2 of the most amazing blessings we could have ever hoped for. Our family looks back now at the kinship center knowing that our first blessing was finding such an incredible organization filled with some of the most amazing people we have ever met. I don't have the words to express my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation.
Adopted a baby through Kinship Center four years ago. The Social Workers involved told me the child was fine, despite the child's small head circumference and birth mother's history of drug abuse. Turns out, the child has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and needs all kinds of help. She will probably be dependent on me her whole life. She's in kindergarten and already suspended from school due to behavioral issues. I'm told her behavior will worsen as she ages. Called Kinship months ago for services and was told there was a waitlist of TWENTY children. Called PACT for support several times and never received a return phone call.
Kinship and DSES, train your social workers to recognize the signs of a drug/alcohol exposed child so the child is matched with an appropriate family. Adoptive parents should know exactly what they are getting themselves in to, and they should not have to be smarter than their social workers and even the pediatrician. Have sufficient staff so that when a parent needs help, they are not placed on a wait list. I am getting professional help elsewhere for my daughter, but am completely overwhelmed. Not happy!
Kinship center is a terrible organization. My wife and I attempted to adopt through their agency. The social worker assigned to our case had a personalilty clash with my wife, so we went to her superviser. The following week when the social worker visited our home we were told that "she did not appreciate us going to her boss" I was also set up by the socail worker through e-mail conversations and the word were twisted about what I said. Two weeks later the boy was removed out of our home with a visit from Kinship Center and Monterey county social workers and we received a letter that stated we were found not fit to be adopted parents. This organization nearly destroyed our marriage and caused deep depression in my wife who has had fertility problems.
Kinship Center helped with the Adoption of our two children many years ago. Although our children (Ariel now 8 and Brandon now 13) are a bit older, we have never forgotten how everything that Kinship did for our family.
A lifetime full of thanks and love.
Armando and Brett
My husband and I adopted our 2 boys in 2007 after fostering them for 18 mos. The Kinship Center was a fabulous organization to work with and the adoption process was completed in a timely manner and gentle manner with any stress kept to a minimum. It has been such a successful match with our boys that we are now ( all) hoping to adopt a little girl to complete our family ! I am very much looking forward to working with the Kinship Center again to help us complete this dream. !
I see some of you are saing that this center is so good but if you only know how some of the worker like to lie about some of the partants you would porbly not say it. I know of a mother who had two children taken away from her and the worker told her she was doing a good job with her visits,and then when they went to court the worker told the judge that she was not fit to have her children. Then when the judge said it would be an open adpotin and that the mother could still talk to the children and the adpoted parents but she needed to wait a coulpe days so things could get in order the mother agree. Then she called the worker she wouldnt late know anything even if the children where all right or not. Still to this day the mother trys to find out something and still is told the can not tell her anything. Now do you thank is right. I know I do not thank so.
Our family has worked with Kinship Center since we adopted our daughter in 2002. We simply could not have done it without the eye opening pre-adoption training as well as the support we were provided. Kinship Center's professionals as well as the programs were the backbone of our ability to make a difference in our daughter's life.
After exploring several other adoption agency alternatives, I went with Kinship Center in 2009 because it seemed like the most helpful, down-to-earth, knowledgeable and ethical of any I had reviewed. The open adoption philosophy takes into consideration all parties involved, ensuring a higher rate of satisfaction from adoptive parents and birth families. We worked with Kinship's Linda Brown as our social worker, and she has been consistently kind and helpful, while never sugar-coating anything. As I write this review, our one-week-old daughter Grace is cooing in the background. We will always be grateful to the fine folks at Kinship.