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[Adoption Coalition of Texas] ACT Newsletter
Adoption Coalition of Texas

May, 2011




From the desk of Bruce Thompson, LCSW

May 5, 2011




·        Letter from Executive Director

·        Kid’s Corner 

·        Upcoming Events

·        Scholarships





Partner Agencies


·        Arrow Child and Family Ministries

·        Child Protective Services

·        Lutheran Social Services of the South

·        Marywood Children and Family Services

·        Pathways Youth and Family Services






Contact information


Adoption Coalition of Texas

2222 Western Trails, Ste. 101

Austin, TX 78745


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ACT Staff


Amanda Wintenburg – Adoption Information Specialist/Special Projects


Grace Lindgren – Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter


Stephanie Berka – Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter


Lisa Reed – Director - Heart Gallery of Central Texas/Forever Families


Bruce Thompson – Executive Director








Did you know?


There is no fee to adopt from the foster care system! Whether you are working directly with the State or with a private nonprofit agency, it does not matter – none of these agencies will charge you a fee to adopt.


Many of you have probably heard that it costs $25,000 to adopt a child…or something along those lines. That does not apply to adoptions from the foster care system!



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From the Executive Director

Dear Friends of the Adoption Coalition of Texas,

We have certainly been blessed over the past few weeks.  First, we had a wonderful Match Party on March 24th at Hill Country Bible Church where 62 families joined adoption caseworkers and our partner agencies to find out about waiting children from the Austin area.  The facilities were great, the pizza was good and the information about the children / families was very informative!  Another positive about this past few weeks is finding out that several of our waiting children have either had a family selected or consummated their adoptions.  There is nothing more exciting than that!  Finally, and almost as exciting, the Adoption Coalition was selected as the winner of the national Collaboration Prize of the Lodestar Foundation.  Congratulations to former ED and current Board Member Tracy Eilers, DM and to all our partner agencies on this worthy award.  What a difference this organization is making for waiting children in Central Texas and beyond!  However, we are not done yet.  There are still children waiting in Central Texas and across the state and nation that need a Forever Family.  Please consider what you can do today to help one or more of these children or to help us find families for them.




Bruce Thompson

Executive Director















Kid’s Corner – Meet Tasha, Patra, Isaiah and Cleo




Natasha, age 12, is a quiet child, but she loves to talk once she feels comfortable with you.  She has a beautiful smile, and she loves her siblings very much.  She is the most expressive among the siblings with how much she loves them.  She is very artsy, and she likes to draw different things.  She is hopeful for a forever family, and she just wants to be loved.  She is in regular classes at school and doesn't require special education services.

Cleopatra, age 13, is a reserved child that takes time to warm up to others.  She loves all of her siblings very much, but she also likes to argue with them.  She prefers to be called “Patra”, and she has a fun sense of style.  She is very into fashion and being different from everyone else.  Patra does pretty well in school with her grades, but she does have some struggles with accepting criticism.  She attends regular classes and doesn't require special education services.

Isaiah, age 6, is in Kindergarten and doesn't require special education services.   He is a very outgoing child that loves to go full force at all times.  Being outside and playing with everyone is what he loves to do.  He is full of energy and is constantly on the go.  He likes to play with his siblings, but he is also happy playing by himself. 

Cleo, age 14, is a very quiet youth that likes to play both with his siblings and by himself.  Cleo is in 9th grade, and receives special education services through his school.  He likes to play sports and play outside with other kids.  He is involved in the athletics program through his school.


Forever Families Link:


For more information, please contact Stephanie Berka, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter, Adoption Coalition of Texas at 512-450-8750 or email at


Upcoming Events

·        Bowling for Adoptive Dads

Come and enjoy a time of bowling (with or without your children), with other Dads from Adoptive Families.  Family by Choice and Austin COAC are sponsoring this event May 7th at the Dart Bowl, 5700 Grover Avenue, Austin, TX 78756 from 12:15 – 2:15 pm.  Bowling expenses are free – food is on your own.  Contact for reservations by May 4th.


·        Skiin’ with the Galilean

This Christian ministry is designed to serve youth currently in foster care. When? Wednesday June 8th OR Thursday June 9th. Who should RSVP?  Foster parents, group homes, RTC’s and case workers, and anyone who has a foster child in their care. This is an all day event and spaces are limited so please RSVP today to


·        The Heart Gallery of Central Texas

The Heart Gallery is gearing up again! Our wonderful volunteer photographers are about to embark on the 7th year of photographing kids for the 2011 Heart Gallery of Central Texas to be unveiled in late September. We continue to be blessed with new and returning photographers to help with this special project. We cannot express how much we appreciate them and how thankful we are to have so many generous souls helping make this project the success it is.






















·        Capital One Fostering a Future Scholarship


The Capital One Fostering a Future Scholarship is open to children adopted from foster care at or after age 13 to provide increased opportunities for advanced education. The Children’s Action Network and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption are founders and administrators of the scholarship program. Learn more about the scholarship or download the application.


·        UMPS CARE Charities All-Star Scholarship


The UMPS CARE Charities All-Star Scholarship is open to children adopted from U.S. foster care at age 12 or older, to provide increased opportunities for advanced education. UMPS CARE Charities, SlateXP, and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA) are administrators of the scholarship program. Download the application here.




Bruce T. Thompson, LCSW

Executive Director

Adoption Coalition of Texas

512-301-2825 office 


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