Recent News

  • 11/20 2021

    This half hour special reviews the history of the Children Awaiting Parents organization as it has grown in Rochester and the surrounding area. This program presents several families who tell their own personal stories of the adoption process they experienced as well as their interaction with Children Awaiting Parents.

  • 10/27 2021

    After a down year in 2020, adoptions are on the rise in the Rochester region. Children Awaiting Parents has overcome some of the obstacles of the pandemic to facilitate quite a few new forever families in 2021.

  • 8/1 2021

    CAP's research uncovered the hard facts as to who was remaining in foster care the longest: older youth, youth of non-White cultures/races, and sibling sets -- many of whom have challenging "behaviors" or disabilities. What could CAP do to make a difference to the foster care system in reducing length of stay and promoting permanency through return to family -- or adoption, when that was not possible? Read more...

  • 6/26 2021

    Dozens of motorcycles filled the parking lot at the Harley Davidson store in Geneva. It wasn’t a regular motorcycle rally, but instead a fundraiser, supporting a cause close to Gina Domingo’s heart. Learn more...

  • 5/5 2021

    Children Awaiting Parents Executive Director Lauri McKnight and CAP adoptive parent Heather Henry join us to talk about the campaign and how you can get involved.

  • 4/22 2021

    “Foster to Forever: CAP Challenge for the 125 Thousand” seeks to get as many people as possible to collectively log at least 125,000 miles – one mile for each child currently in Foster Care in the U.S.

  • 4/16 2021

    Josh appeared with his Wendy's Wonderful Kids worker, CAP's Toni Marrocco-Helwig, on 13WHAM' Bright Spot segment. He'd love to be adopted.

  • 3/22 2021

    In March, Children Awaiting Parents' Executive Director Lauri McKnight was honored to be guest speaker at Worth More Nation's annual fundraising fashion show. Founder Sandy Arena had a conversation with her about children - particularly the needs of girls - currently or formerly in foster care.

  • 3/15 2021

    With a community challenge, Children Awaiting Parents hopes to underscore the difficulty of placing foster children in permanent homes.

  • 2/1 2021

    Of the 440,000 children currently in foster care in the United States, approximately 125,000 are available and waiting for adoption. Many of them have been waiting years for a permanent, loving adoptive family. To help raise awareness for the children and the need for adoptive families, Children Awaiting Parents (CAP) is launching a “challenge for a cause,” encouraging communities to join them in a three-month community event.

  • 1/1 2021

    Children Awaiting Parents, Inc.'s (CAP) Executive Director, Lauri McKnight, caught up with CAP Board Chair Lorisa LaRocca to find out more about this talented and busy woman. Lorisa is a Partner in Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP's Labor & Employment Department, where she is the Practice Leader of the firm's Employment & Counseling group. In 2020, she succeeded Maryjane Link as Chair of CAP's Board of Directors.

  • 11/6 2020

    November is National Adoption Month, highlighting the need for adoptive parents and celebrating children who have found forever families. The pandemic has had an impact on the number of adoptions locally. But Jeff and Rob Allen just recently finalized the adoption of their son, Charlie.

  • 11/1 2020

    With the help of CAP, Jeff Allen and his partner officially welcomed their son Charlie to their family in August of 2020. The agency worked closely with Allen throughout the process, and as Allen says, "they wanted it to work as badly as we did."

  • 10/28 2020

    Children Awaiting Parents continues to help children seeking adoption find their forever homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 10/1 2020

    Our annual Home, Heart & Harmony gala is our largest fundraiser, supporting CAP operations to continue services for children to find those loving, forever families and grow programs that aid community youth.

  • 8/21 2020

    A farewell tribute - David Carsel, CAP's Finance and HR Operational Manager, poured heart and soul into his job for sheer love and dedication.

  • 5/13 2020

    Children Awaiting Parent spotlights its Adoption Specialist / Program Manager, Veronica Black Turner. Her mantra -- "No family will fail under my watch."

  • 5/1 2020

    CAP now recruiting, training families online in preparation for foster children

  • 4/19 2020

    For kids who are waiting for a forever home, when everything stops it's hard for them not to be worried.

  • 4/17 2020

    Veronica Black of Children Awaiting Parents joins Fox Rochester to talk about the program and what it entails. (Photo by Christina @ on Unsplash)

  • 4/13 2020

    13WHAM features Eric this week. He'd love to find a forever family!

  • 3/21 2020

    13WHAM features Wylan this week. He'd love to find a forever family!

  • 3/13 2020

    13WHAM features Draven this week. He'd love to find a forever family!

  • 3/6 2020

    13WHAM features Rakiem this week. He'd love to find a forever family!

  • 1/17 2020

    13WHAM features Zachery this week. He'd love to find a forever family!

  • 1/10 2020

    13WHAM features Eric this week. He'd love to find a forever family!

  • 12/8 2019

    A one-man version of A Christmas Carol, starring Kim Tenreiro, begins at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at Comedy at the Carlson, 50 Carlson Road. The show is a benefit for CAP (Children Awaiting Parents).

  • 12/8 2019

    Kim Tenreiro will present his one-man show of “A Christmas Carol” at 2 p.m. on Dec. 8 to benefit Children Awaiting Parents at Comedy at the Carlson, 50 Carlson Road, Rochester.

  • 12/1 2019

    At CAP's annual gala, Susan Schoff and Eric Brown of Lacuna Links, partnered with Children Awaiting Parents to assist them in finding adoptive families for children in foster care who wait the longest. 50% of all proceeds from their adoption pendant will directly support CAP's efforts.

  • 11/26 2019

    Children Awaiting Parents will host “Home, Heart, and Harmony: A Forever Home for the Holidays” this Saturday, November 30 at the Floreano Riverside Convention Center in Rochester.

  • 11/23 2019

    National Adoption Day in Monroe County Family Court is part of a nationwide event that aims to raise awareness of the children freed for adoption, encourage people to consider foster parenting and to celebrate adoption. Adoptions are finalized with plenty of fanfare and ceremony.

  • 11/19 2019

    ROC Image Radio broadcasts live every Tuesday at 12:00 noon. Hosts Kent and Mary Therese Friel, from The Mary Therese Friel Modeling Agency, interview fascinating and inspirational guests every week! November is National Adoption Month. Children Awaiting Parents, Inc. is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to finding adoptive families for those children in foster care who wait the longest. Children Awaiting Parents works on behalf of these children, typically teenagers, and sibling groups who wish to stay together and/or those children with special needs. On this broadcast we welcome Lauri McKnight, Veronica Black and Toni Marrocco-Helwig from Children Awaiting Parents, as well as Commissioner of Seneca County DHS Tracy Van Vleck, Former Monroe County Family Court Judge Patricia Gallaher, Pre-Adoptive Parent Michael Brown and Legendary Music Producer Grand Tone. Listen in to hear about all the great work they are doing to connect children and families!

  • 11/14 2019

    More than 60% of children in foster care spend two to five years in the system before being adopted, and nearly 20% spend five or more years awaiting adoption. Children Awaiting Parents (CAP) is a local nonprofit organization that has dedicated more than 40 years to finding homes for children awaiting adoption.

  • 10/31 2019

    Children Awaiting Parents/Donald J. Corbett Adoption Agency is hosting its annual Heart Gallery event and reception

  • 10/18 2019

    Children Awaiting Parents/Donald J. Corbett Adoption Agency is hosting its annual public Heart Gallery event and reception at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at The Strong Museum of Play.

  • 5/19 2019

    Lift the Wait ROC is raising money to help find “forever families” for children waiting the longest in foster care.

  • 5/2 2019

    “...Under the umbrella of Children Awaiting Parents we can do more things, so we are doing more things,” says CAP’s new Executive Director Lauri McKnight.

  • 4/11 2019

    Children Awaiting Parents/Donald J. Corbett Adoption Agency announces the promotion of Veronica Black to adoption specialist/program manager.

  • 11/28 2018

    West Henrietta, N.Y. - People in our area Saturday got a chance to feel like what it was like to be an orphan last century...

  • 11/20 2018

    ROCHESTER, NY (WROC-TV) - An adoptive mother is sharing her blessing this Thanksgiving in the hope that it will inspire others to consider giving a child a permanent, loving home.

  • 11/19 2018

    The keynote speaker will be Christian Baker Kline, author of the bestselling novel Orphan Train.

  • 11/18 2018

    The Strong National Museum of Play is partnering with Children Awaiting Parents to encourage adoption this month.

  • 11/9 2018

    Lauri McKnight, executive director of Children Awaiting Parents/Donald J. Corbett Adoption Agency (CAP/Corbett), writes about how crucial a loving family is for a waiting child...

  • 10/24 2018

    On Connections with Evan Dawson, WXXI News - This hour, we hear from adoptive parents who share their stories, and we talk to experts about how to help kids navigate the emotional impact of foster care and adoption.

  • 12/14 2017

    Our Out Reach Specialist, Veronica Black, was on CBS (A Home for the Holidays with Josh Groban) Tuesday the 19th of December, 2017.

  • 11/15 2017

    "It brings the kids together and they learn the story of Annie and they understand how important it is for children to have stable, permanent, loving homes. It makes a big difference," said Sandra Frankel, chairperson for CAP.

  • 11/1 2017

    Our goal is to increase the number of children who transition to a forever family by offering a venue where people who have a desire to adopt can have help navigating the labyrinth of the adoption system.

Press Releases

  • September 23, 2022 - Children Awaiting Parents hosting community walk at Ontario Beach Park
  • October 5, 2021 - Children Awaiting Parents’ “Home, Heart & Harmony” Gala Returns on November 5 with Entertainment-Filled Evening
  • September 2, 2021 - Children Awaiting Parents Announces Addition of New Therapeutic Foster Care Program
  • June 8, 2021 - Family FUNdraiser & Motorcycle Rally to Benefit Children Awaiting Parents
  • February 24, 2021 - Foster to Forever: CAP Challenge for the 125 Thousand - Children Awaiting Parents’ Challenge Calls Attention to the 125,000 Children in Foster Care Waiting for Adoption
  • October 1, 2020 - New Lunchtime “CAP Chats” by Children Awaiting Parents Brings Experts in Adoption and Foster Care for Weekly, Interactive Discussions
  • September 17, 2020 - In-person or Virtual, Children Awaiting Parents’ Gala Brings Entertainment-Filled Evening with Local Celebrity Emcees on November 6
  • April 14, 2020 - Children Awaiting Parents Offering Free, Individualized “Deciding Together” Online Training for Potential Foster/Adoptive Parents
  • March 16, 2020 - Children Awaiting Parents Announces Protocols for COVID-19
  • March 12, 2020 - Children Awaiting Parents Announces Jaclyn Rugg as Office Operations Manager
  • November 15, 2019 - One-man Show of “A Christmas Carol” to Benefit Children Awaiting Parents
  • November 7, 2019 - Children Awaiting Parents, Inc. Selected as Participant in Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack’s Annual Charity Cup, November 11
  • October 15, 2019 - “Home, Heart & Harmony”: National Adoption Month Gala for Children Awaiting Parents
  • September 25, 2019 - Children Awaiting Parents/Donald J Corbett Adoption Agency Heart Gallery Event Kicks off November’s National Adoption Month
  • July 28, 2019 - CAP Day with Rochester Red Wings Highlights Children Awaiting Parents - Raffle Items, including game-worn Red Wings caps to be auctioned off
  • May 10, 2019 - UPDATED WITH MORE EVENTS! Area Fitness Centers “Lift the Wait ROC” for Children Waiting the Longest in Foster Care for Forever Families - First CAP/Corbett Fundraiser of its Kind During May Foster Care Month
  • October 27, 2018 - “Orphan Train” Author is Keynote Speaker for Children Awaiting Parents/ Donald J Corbett Adoption Agency’s Heart Gallery Luncheon - Christina Baker Kline discusses historic Orphan Train children and the parallels between them and today’s foster youth waiting for forever homes
  • September 20, 2018 - Children Awaiting Parents/Donald J Corbett Adoption Agency Presents an Orphan Train Immersive Experience