Children Awaiting Parents, Inc. (CAP) is a national, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that, since 1972, has been dedicated to finding adoptive homes for America's longest-waiting children in foster care.
CAP's mission is to recruit foster and adoptive families across the nation for children who have been waiting the longest in foster care for a family. Our waiting children are often older, minorities, sibling groups who wish to be placed together, and/or children with special needs.
Children Awaiting Parents and the Donald J. Corbett Adoption Agency Programs:
Placement Services: Children Awaiting Parents/The Donald J. Corbett Adoption Agency staff of adoption experts provides support and advocacy on behalf of families at any point in their adoption journey until finalization. Families can contact us to learn about the adoption process, or for assistance in finding a child. Contact Shareta Parker at SParker@CAPbook.org or (585) 232-5110 x259.
Post-Adoption Services: These services provide support after a child is placed in a home.
Training: Children Awaiting Parents provides training services for parents and professionals. Topics include recruitment and retention of adoptive families, navigating the education system, techniques for managing adolescent behavior, and advocating for special needs services. CAP normally offers a 10-week GPSII/MAPP Training (Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting) to certify families for fostering/adoption.
And during the COVID-19 pandemic, CAP has adjusted its parent training to offer "Deciding Together" (DT), a highly personalized, trauma-informed family preparation and selection program that can be scheduled at mutually convenient times via virtual classes with a trainer. Both MAPP and DT classes help prospective parents make an informed decision to pursue foster parenting or adoption. For training questions, contact Shareta Parker at SParker@CAPbook.org or (585) 232-5110 x259.
Support Groups: CAP's Council of Foster & Adoptive Parents Support Group offers quarterly meetings at the CAP office, 176 Anderson Avenue, Suite F202, Rochester, NY. For 1-1/2 hours, parents are invited to exchange ideas and encouragement. Frequently, guest speakers present special topics of interest. Visit our Events page >
Informational Meetings: CAP offers free informational meetings twice a month, on the second and last Tuesday, at 6 pm, through Facebook Live. These meetings introduce you to the adoption process, and how CAP can help you through it. Please RSVP to SParker@CAPbook.org or (585) 232-5110 x259.
Project SSAFE (Social Support for Advancing Future Endeavors) is for young adults in Monroe County, ages 17-24, who have left or aged out of foster care and need a connection. These youth often fall through the cracks without a family to rely on. Project SSAFE offers assistance with independent living services such as housing, employment, education, vocational training, links to dental, medical, and mental health resources, and a connection to or placement with a family. Learn more >
Faith in Children
Faith in Children is a special and incredibly rewarding adoption recruitment campaign initiated by Children Awaiting Parents. CAP reaches out to the community through faith-based organizations to help identify and recruit older unadopted youth or those aging out of the foster care system, and to connect them with resource/support. Contact Shareta Parker at SParker@CAPbook.org or (585) 232-5110 x259 if you are interested in being a foster/adoptive/voluntary/part-time host family. We guarantee that this will be a gratifying experience. Learn more >
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids
In 2007, CAP received a grant from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA) to implement a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids (WWK) project. The DTFA's signature program provides funding to adoption agencies to support recruiters who implement an evidence-based, child-focused recruitment model.
CAP’s WWK recruiter, Toni Marrocco-Helwig, finds permanent homes for a caseload of the longest-waiting foster children in New York State. Through WWK, CAP has found many potential homes for these longest-waiting youth, and has succeeded in uniting 33 of them with their forever adoptive families. Contact Toni at Toni@capbook.org or (585) 232-5110 for more information on a WWK child, or to refer a waiting child to the program. Learn More about Wendy's Wonderful Kids ›
The Heart Gallery
The Heart Gallery is a national movement showcasing artistic portraits of children currently in foster care and available for adoption. Since its first exhibit in December 2005, CAP has continued to display its Heart Gallery during November, National Adoption Month, at the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. To learn how your place of business, community center or church can host a Heart Gallery, display please contact Shareta Parker at SParker@CAPbook.org or (585) 232-5110 x259.
Friday's Child, a weekly television segment hosted by WHAM TV 13 News Anchor and Associate News Director, Don Alhart, in Rochester, New York, features a local waiting child in an effort to recruit forever families.
The Skill-Building Program is a program that provides support services for children in foster care and other at risk youth. A skill-builder helps a child develop his or her strengths and talents, while providing friendship and encouragement. If you would like more information please contact Shareta Parker at SParker@CAPbook.org or (585) 232-5110 x259..
Media Outreach and Communication
CAP's media outreach includes traditional and social media with stories of adoptive families and children. We encourage you to follow CAP on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Additionally, CAP disseminates a monthly electronic newsletter. Sign up here >
The National Adoption Association and Voice for Adoption.
CAP is a founding member of the National Adoption Association (formerly the Adoption Exchange Association) and Voice for Adoption. Both are coalitions of organizations and child welfare advocates addressing the urgent needs of waiting children throughout the United States.