They fostered two half brothers for several years before the adoptions. The older brother had many learning difficulties that resulted from blood parents who did not do right by him or his sister. Emily and C. J. have been working for five years to overcome his difficulties. He can go from a loving, helpful child to an angry now 13 year old young man at any moment. Mentally, he is not 13, but about age 7. It has been very difficult, but all the grandparents, etc. have tried to help and love this young man and want him to have a good life. The half brother is doing so well and Emily and C. J. just have normal everyday problems raising him. Their daughter is just 3 and is a beautiful, loving, spontaneous child. Emily and C. J. have devoted the past five years to give these children a good life. Their favorite place to take them is Disneyworld in FL. Being a school teacher, Emily has a good grasp on how to love and discipline children. They took on the two foster boys as C. J. was in law school and he passed the bar on first try. They truly, truly want to raise all their children to become upstanding adults one day.
Chelsea Floro is an adoptive/foster mom of 5. She has been an advocate in the foster care world encouraging many families throughout the world, she runs an awareness page on Facebook called Real Life Foster Mom where she shares her testimony and encourages others to foster and adopt. She also runs a non profit called The Moses Closet of The Woodlands where they provide essential needs to foster and adoptive children and families. She has two biological children and then after infertility, became a foster parent where she has fostered many children and finally adopted a sweet little girl who is now four year old named Savannah. Just a few weeks later she heard about a baby boy on Facebook that was missing his femur bones and hips, he couldn’t find a home because of it. When Chelsea heard, she knew he couldn’t sit in the hospital any longer and a few days later he moved in. He was adopted from foster care and they named him Charlie. She is his biggest advocate and wants to normalize disabilities, she also maintains relationships with his biological family. Just a year later, they decided to take in a teenager who has been in foster care since she was a baby, she is 17 and will be adopted in October! Chelsea is only 31 years old and I’m watching her rocking being a mom to this teenager.
Crista has been through so much! After adopting her two little girls, she found out oldest son has a rare cancer. He’s been going through surgery after surgery! And he is still battling it. Then shortly after he was diagnosed, Crista found out she too has cancer, and had to have surgery on her throat and heart! She is now cancer free! She is such an amazing mom after all she has been through! She deserves to be able to take her family to Disney world!
The Adoptive Parent Award
It is a time to recognize and honor adoptive parents, and Transfiguring Adoption wants to do just that through our annual Chris Rankin Award For Best Adoptive Parent.
ABOUT THE AWARD
Chris Rankin is an adult adoptee and actor who was adopted as an infant.
He was 16 years old when he sent off a letter asking for an audition to play Percy Weasley in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. He went on to play the role for 11 years.
Transfiguring Adoption chose to name this annual award after Chris due to his passion for wanting other adoptive children to have a successful future.
Nominations for the Chris Rankin Award for Best Adoptive Parent are open to the public (form at top of page). Please note that nominees may be single parents or a couple.
Transfiguring Adoption leadership volunteers from across the U.S. will review the nominations and select three finalists to advance to the public voting phase. Public voting happens the second half of October and Nominators will be charged with getting people to vote for their nominee. The winner will be announced the 30th of October and will be featured in media releases and receive a special, personalized award and a Transfiguring Adoption gift package. All of our finalists will, of course, receive some awesome Transfiguring Adoption swag.
A strong nomination will provide great examples of these qualities shared by successful adoptive parents:
No parent is perfect. A great adoptive parent accepts this, owns up to their mistakes and learns from them.
Advocacy for Child Many of us dislike conflict. Many of us have overbooked schedules. Great adoptive parents will do what it takes for the best interest of their adoptive child.
Parenting a child from a traumatic background is “different” from traditional parenting. A great adoptive parent is continually trying to learn more about how to help children coping with difficult pasts.
Willingness to Change
A great adoptive parent is adaptable and willing to change how they parent in order to do the best for their child.
Creative – Think Outside the Box
A great adoptive parent needs more tricks up their sleeve than “traditional” parents. They use special games, activities, or bedtime books to help their child(ren) to thrive.
Nomination Period: September 16 – October 7
Finalists announced and public voting opens: October 14
Last day to vote: October 28
Winner Announced:October 30
2018 Winner – Beth Holmes
Beth Holmes is the recipient of the Chris Rankin Award for 2018. All three finalists are being sent prize packages. We want to thank everyone who participated in this event. We hope the spirit of the event finds you appreciating the creativity and dedication that so many adoptive parents must employ around the world to help children succeed. As we continue into 2019 let’s all remember that the adoptive or foster family in our lives could use an extra dose of understanding, a listening ear, and continuous encouragement.
SPECIAL THANKS FOR OUR PRIZES:
Transfiguring Adoption is a 501(c)3 organization. This contest does not discriminate against person due to race, gender, religion, etc. The staff and volunteers of Transfiguring Adoption reserve the right to disqualify a nomination/entry for any reason for which they see fit.