Justadopt Inc DBA Second Nurture

Every Child Deserves a Family and a Community

aka Second Nurture   |   Glastonbury, CT   |  http://2nurture.org/

Mission

Second Nurture partners with communities to recruit and retain families to foster and adopt waiting children by forming cohorts of foster and adoptive parents, creating networks of support for these families utilizing both community members and local agencies, and incorporating foster and adoptive themes into community culture.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Susan Silverman

Main address

2389 Main St., Ste. 100

Glastonbury, CT 06033 USA

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Formerly known as

JustAdopt Inc.

EIN

81-0898315

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are only 117,000 children and teens cleared for adoption in the U.S. — a country of 233 million adults, 350,000 faith communities, and innumerable other affinity groups (community centers, LGBTQ centers, etc.). This imbalance is shocking, particularly when you consider that children in foster care experience PTSD at twice the rate of war veterans, and that kids who “age out” of the foster care system are at extreme risk of being trafficked, becoming homeless, developing addictions, and more. The antidote to such potential tragedy is a permanent, loving family. By helping create, support, strengthen, and connect new foster families within their communities, Second Nurture can get America’s foster-care children — as well as those in need internationally — into loving homes.

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?

Second Nurture-Los Angeles

Second Nurture is a new and pioneering initiative that seeks to radically increase the number of families who choose to foster and adopt waiting children and teens. Second Nurture partners with communities to recruit and retain families to foster and adopt by forming cohorts of willing potential parents, creates networks of support for these families that utilize both community members and local agencies, and incorporates foster and adoptive themes into community culture.

This combination of support networks and cultural enrichment provides newly formed Second Nurture families and their children with a community that sees, supports, and reflects them.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Families

Where we work

Our results

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Population(s) Served

Family relationships

Related Program

Second Nurture-Los Angeles

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Second Nurture is a new and pioneering initiative that seeks to radically increase the number of families who choose to foster and adopt waiting children and teens. Second Nurture partners with communities to recruit and retain families to foster and adopt by forming cohorts of willing potential parents, creates networks of support for these families that utilize both community members and local agencies, and incorporates foster and adoptive themes into community culture.

This combination of support networks and cultural enrichment provides newly formed Second Nurture families and their children with a community that sees, supports, and reflects them.

Second Nurture’s model has three main components:
1. Formation of Cohorts: A pre-program survey is sent out to community members to connect with people already involved in foster care and adoption, and to discover those who may be interested. This survey also introduces Second Nurture and our approach. We gauge interest in the adoption of *waiting* children in the context of group and community support as we learn what it would take to prompt and encourage involvement. Open meetings are held for community members interested in becoming part of a Second Nurture family, and/or in building a support network for them.
Community leadership is integral to the recruitment of families. These leaders are expected to encourage community membership to consider foster/adoption, to open channels of communication between Second Nurture and community membership, and to integrate Second Nurture’s mission and values into community events.

2. Networks of Support: Even as we form the initial cohort, we work to cultivate networks of support on two fronts — within the community itself, and with agencies in the larger locale. Through regular meetings, at events, and via community newsletters, we educate the community about children waiting for families and the Second Nurture program. We also identify and recruit community members who have relevant foster and adoption experience and/or relevant expertise (i.e., social workers, educators, foster or adoptive parents, etc.) to support the cohort.

3. Cultural Enrichment: A fundamental aspect of Second Nurture — our “special sauce”, and what really sets us apart — is helping communities demystify fostering and adoption by incorporating foster and adoption concepts into the fabric of their community. In consultation with psychological and educational experts, we create a series of resources for a community’s leaders, educators, and other interested members to help them integrate fostering and adoption into their community’s values, traditions, and rituals.

Second Nurture was founded in 2016 by Rabbi Susan Silverman, a parent of two adopted children. Since then, Susan has engaged a wide range of thought partners, policy makers, practitioners, and foster and adoptive parents and children to evaluate and inform her community-based, cultural enrichment model. Susan has also met with communities around the nation to measure interest in the model. After three years of strategic learning, meeting with dozens of communities, and much planning and experimentation, Second Nurture rolled out its approach in three US pilot communities to form the foundation for scaling our model.
We have a team that includes a Board of Directors with 10 members, 4 paid staff and one volunteer that make the organization strong.

In collaboration with the Dave Thomas Foundation and other thought leaders nationwide, we are testing and refining our model. We have a diversified local and national fundraising strategy through government, foundation, individual and corporate investments, leveraging the support of early adopters to inspire others.

In 2019, we launched pilot sites with Wilshire Boulevard Temple to adopt children from Los Angeles’ foster system and Harmony Project to mentor Columbus foster children in group homes. In 2020, we expanded our work in LA to five more synagogues. We are excited to report that in Los Angeles, eight families have already welcomed children into their homes from foster care, five of whom have adopted.

Financials

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Justadopt Inc DBA Second Nurture

Board of directors
as of 5/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bruce Elder

Congregation Hakafa

Term: 2016 - 2022

Yoshi Zweiback

Stephen Wise Temple

Nehama Benmosche

Machar

Danny Stewart

Safe Horizon

James Cohen

Keshet

Tiffany Haddish

She Ready Productions

Willie Garson

Lakshmi Iyer

Mike McCollough

Bruce Elder

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/16/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

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