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CREATING A FAMILY

The National Adoption and Foster Care Education and Support Nonprofit

Brevard, NC   |  www.creatingafamily.org

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Mission

Creating a Family is the national adoption & foster care education and support nonprofit. Our mission is to strengthen foster, adoptive, and kinship families and the professionals who support them by creating expert-based, trauma-informed resources, community support, and training.

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Creating a Family is the national adoption, foster, and kinship 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.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Dawn Davenport

Main address

874 Lambs Creek Rd

Brevard, NC 28712 USA

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EIN

27-0679437

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As reflected in our name, our mission is to help couples and individuals create their families by providing support and unbiased information before, during, and after adoption, foster care, kinship care, or infertility treatment. As the national adoption, foster care, and kinship care education and support nonprofit, our primary strength is in creating engaging content and disseminating it across digital media platforms.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Creating a Family:Talk about Adoption and Foster Care Radio Show

The Creating a Family radio show is a national internet radio show using the podcast model. We interview leading experts in the fields of adoption, foster care, and infertility. All old shows are archived on our site and the radio station site and can be listened to or downloaded whenever and wherever desired.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Creating a Family has created online communities for pre and post adoptive families and those suffering from infertility. Our primary communities are on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. We also have a peer to peer support group as a closed Facebook Group.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Creating a Family website (www.creatingafamily.org) is a resource-rich website providing education for pre and post-adoptive, foster, and kinship care families. We add two pieces of new educational content each week.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Creating a Family has over 65 expert-based courses to help pre and post adoptive parents learn about all relevant issues that adoptive families may face. Also, this site includes in-service training courses for foster and kinship care families. These courses offer a quiz and certificate of completion, are mobile-friendly, and are Hague-aligned.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Creating a Family has a partnership with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) #886829466 to offer CE-granting coursework for social workers. These online, mobile-friendly courses are especially relevant to those working in child welfare. They are expert-based, and offer a post test as well as a certificate of completion.

Population(s) Served

Creating a Family's Interactive Training and Support Curriculum provides a turnkey resource for facilitators to run training or support groups. Each curriculum is expert-based and trauma-informed. They center around specific topics to guide these parents in a discussion, helping to build community and decrease parental stress. In addition to the educational materials, we also provide facilitator training and support throughout the year.

Each curriculum includes:
- facilitator guide
- handouts
- additional resources
- video
- certificate of attendance to be used for foster parent continuing education

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Creating a Family offers this evidence-based, trauma-informed workshop to help parents recognize the signs and symptoms of prenatal exposure and train them on techniques that work best with these kids.

The workshop is presented in three sessions. Participants will need to be able to attend Session 1 and Session 2 and then you will select your Session 3 from one of the age-specific options.

- Connect with other parents through facilitated discussion.
- Learn supportive strategies.
- Each session is 90 minutes.
- Participants receive access to a resource library and a certificate of completion (4.5 CE hours for all 3 sessions)

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Parents

Related Program

Creating a Family Communities and Support Group

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Parents

Related Program

Creating a Family Education for Parents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of programing delivered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Parents

Related Program

Creating a Family Education for Parents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Hours reflect the total course hours utilized on CreatingaFamily.org's Online Education Platform.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We started in 2007 with a vision of becoming the national resource for adoption and infertility education and support. This generation of researchers gets their information online, so in order to meet them where they are, we have created the largest online social networking community in adoption and infertility. Since our inception, we have added to our resources to include the world of foster and kinship care. Our resources utilize all the cutting-edge Internet technology (web, audio, video, social media). We also strive to tailor our resources to fit different learning styles and time availability. Accurate, unbiased, and easy for busy people to use, our resources connect our audience to the leading adoption, foster care, kinship care and infertility experts.

Creating a Family utilizes its resource-rich website, its weekly radio show, and online communities and support groups to educate and support pre and post-adoption, foster care, and kinship families.

The forefront of our work begins with www.creatingafamily.org - one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date adoption, foster, and kinship care websites offering over 1,500 pages and at least 2 pieces of new content each week. To help couples make informed choices, the major highlights of our website resources include:

- A-Z Resource Guides" for adoption, foster and kinship care give users a comprehensive topical index and quick access to our extensive resources (audio interview, articles, fact sheets, and research summaries)
- Weekly expert-based podcast
- Over 65 Adoption and Foster Care Education Courses with certificates of completion
- Interactive Training and Support curriculum for adoption/foster/kinship parent support and training groups
- Adoption Comparison Charts" serve as a unique tool for helping couples choose what type of adoption is best for them, as well as how international adoption differs by country
- Weekly email outreach bringing easy access to support and the latest in adoption, foster care, and kinship care
- Plus multi-media guides, webinars, etc.

All these resources are free except for our online Adoption and Foster Care Education courses and curriculum, which have a minimal charge.

In addition, Creating a Family also runs a moderated peer-to-peer online support group (pre- and post-adoption) with over 10,000 members. Online support groups are rapidly replacing traditional in-person support groups because they offer easy access 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Online support also allows people the ability to respond at their own pace without geographic and transportation barriers.

We are independently rated as one of the top online influencers in the field of fertility, adoption, foster care, and kinship care, meaning that we are reaching a substantial number of our intended audience. Some metrics that help describe our reach include:
- 102,000+ monthly page views on average at CreatingaFamily.org and CreatingaFamilyED.org.
- 2 million+ "listens" to the Creating a Family radio show/podcast. Podcast downloads for the last 12 months: 113,000+
- 21,100+ Facebook followers, 6,400+ Twitter followers, and 6,300+ Pinterest followers, 2,000+ Instagram followers, 4,000+ LinkedIn connections
- 10,100+ online support group members
- 12,000+ e-newsletter subscribers

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CREATING A FAMILY

Board of directors
as of 06/06/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gina Samuels

University if Chicago

Stephen Hayes

Adoption Attorney

Leon Coleman

UNC: Chapel Hill

Micah Ennis

Rowan County Department of Social Services

Elizabeth Williams

Hendersonville Pediatrics

Erica Burgess

CCR

Robin Gurwitch

Duke University Medical Center

Alicia Jones

Heather Luczak

MX Technologies

Gaile Osborne

NCDSS

Nick Sgarlata

Bridge to Brighter

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/6/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/16/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.