The mission of Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK) since its founding in 1988 has been ensuring every child has someone who is just crazy about them. AASK focuses on finding family relationships between children and caring adults because we know it makes a difference.
Healthy human connections shape the circuitry of a child’s brain and lay the foundation for emotional and academic development.
AASK recruits, trains and supports families to help children through adoption, foster care and mentoring. AASK believes that the emotional connections established by enduring relationships help children heal from the trauma that triggered removal from their homes and improves their chances for life-long success.
AASK knows being a foster parent is often difficult and has tailored its programs and services with the well-being of the entire family in mind. We try to make it as easy as possible, which is why we offer classes, libraries and other resources at three locations:
The 30-hour required foster care licensing class is offered in both English and Spanish at each of our locations. An accelerated Saturday series is also available.
Because each child has different needs, AASK offers programs designed to serve a number of special populations of children in foster care, including Latinos, American Indians and children with developmental disabilities.
AASK’s Kinship Foster Care program provides those caring for grandchildren or other relatives in foster care with case management services and support while guiding them through licensing or certification. This approach provides immediate assistance to families who unexpectedly find themselves caring for a relative child without time to prepare. AASK has a unit of family specialists dedicated to the unique needs of kinship caregivers.
AASK also operates a mentoring program focused on recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to help youth in foster care. For many youth living in group homes, a mentor provides guidance, support and a sense of family. AASK provides youth and their mentors the training, support and resources to be successful.