About Us

Creating a Family

About Us

Creating a Family is the national adoption & foster care education and support nonprofit. Our mission is to strengthen and inspire adoptive, foster & kinship parents and the professionals who support them.  Our vision is that every adopted and foster child has a family who understands their unique gifts and challenges and is equipped to help them thrive. Check out our Five Core Values that we use to guide every decision. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and you can check out our financials and IRS Form 990 at GuideStar. Creating a Family does not discriminate against age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national origin.

Check out our Media Resources here.  

History and Mission of Creating a Family

Creating a Family started in 2007 as a labor of love. We saw the huge need for unbiased accurate information online about infertility and adoption. We knew people were getting most of their “education” online, but much of what was available was inaccurate junk, slanted towards one form of family building or one type of adoption over another, or was being provided by for profit organizations that were anything but unbiased. We knew that in order to educate and support, we needed to be where the folks were, so we readily embraced all forms of online media (audio, video, social networks), but set out to be the anti-junk and the anti-bias.  

We have the most extensive and diverse collection of expert-based resources for pre and post-adoptive families and foster/kinship care families. We are constantly creating more resources and adding new content every week. Since 2007, we also have a weekly radio show where we interview the top experts on every aspect of adoption, adoptive parenting, and foster care. While education is important to helping you make decisions on this often painful and confusing journey to creating a family, support is equally important. We have created an incredibly strong online support network via a private Facebook groupPinterest, Instagram, and LinkedIn.   Our mantra is ‘Information is Power’. We aren’t promoting one way of family building over another. We trust that with the right information, every family will find their right path to parenthood. We’ll freely admit that we would love for every child in this world to have a family. We would especially love to help find homes for older children and those with special needs, but we know that this is not the right decision for every family, and our goal to help every family find their right path to parenthood.  

Our Leadership

Dawn Davenport is Executive Director and the “Official Voice” of Creating a Family since she also hosts our weekly national radio show and is a frequent speaker at conferences. (We try to not let that title go to her head.) We also are proudly led by a terrific Board. You can check out their bona fides if you’re so inclined. 

Our Staff

We have some of the best, brightest, and most dedicated folks helping out around here to help us provide support and unbiased information to help create strong families. Check out their pretty/handsome faces and a bit about them. 

Our Partners

Creating a Family would not be able to continue our work without the support of our dedicated partners.

Join Us

Creating a Family, the national adoption and foster care support and education nonprofit, was founded out of the need for a clear voice in this field. We exist to provide unbiased, accurate information. We are passionate researchers, networkers, and educators who spend each day finding and creating new resources to support families. Our educational content is not motivated by a sales agenda, so our community knows they can trust us as they consider some of the biggest decisions a family can make.

If this mission speaks to you, join us.

Bit of Bragging

Of course we’re proud of what we do, but what matters most is what our audience has to say.  Here’s a sampling:

  •  I wanted to thank you for all of the wonderful things you do. We brought our beautiful baby boy home from the hospital on April 2nd. While we waited for an adoption match and then waited for his birth, your podcast and website were a continuous reminder that we were part of an amazing adoption community. It really helped us not feel alone. ~Sarah S.
  •  I just felt like I should say Thank You this morning! Your website and e-mails have consistently been a “touch stone” for me through this whole process – sometimes reaffirming what I already believe, sometimes giving me a different perspective, but always being something that I can respect and learn from. Thank you for this!!! ~ L. Adams
  •  Creating a Family has made a big difference to the quality of information that we can share with our adoptive community. We sometimes use your podcasts as the basis for roundtable discussions or our monthly Parent Support Meetings. ~ Louise Garnaut (Adoptive Families of Hong Kong)

Photos on Our Site

Have you noticed the wonderful pictures throughout our site? Some are from our online support community and some not. Some photographers have asked for attribution, and some have requested anonymity. Whenever possible, we give attribution at the bottom of the page on which the picture appears. This is not always possible, so we’ve included the rest on a separate Photo Attribution Page.