Adopted One Month Before Her 18th Birthday

Chris and Alicia Bieniek have a heart for teens in foster care. They’ve been fostering children for 12 years and adopted two kids. This April, they adopted their daughter Katelynn shortly before her 18th birthday, who says she “just felt at home” with the Bienieks, adding that she now feels secure, knowing she always has a safe place to fall back on as she embarks on the adventure of adulthood.

A lot of people feel like they’re not up to the task of parenting teens in foster care. But Chris says he just tries to send a few core messages to the kids who come into his home. “I believe in you. You can do it. You can be a success. You’re beautiful. You can trust me because I’m not going to hurt you. Those are simple parenting techniques. It doesn’t take a groundswell to save these kids.”

Read their story here.

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Rachel Skousen

Rachel has a long-held passion for adoption that was sealed through her work as the content manager at She currently works as a content specialist at, finding and sharing amazing adoption content from across the web. She is a mom of three and loves reading and napping in her spare time.

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