For Every Child Adoption Services (FEC) began in 2001 as part of Families For Children adoption agency located in Salt Lake City, Utah. To fulfill a need for adoptive families for waiting children in Taiwan orphanages the Families For Children Taiwan Adoption Program was created by Laura Trinnaman and Families For Children Executive Director, Suzanne Stott. Despite its humble beginnings, this program flourished and became a highly respected Taiwan Adoption Program. In 2007, Families For Children began to phase away from international adoptions. At this time, For Every Child Adoption Services (FEC) was established by Laura Trinnaman and staff as a non-profit corporation and became licensed as a child placement agency. Many of the staff and professionals associated with Families For Children continue to work cooperatively with For Every Child, thereby maintaining the experience, professionalism, and continuity of the well respected programs established while part of Families For Children.
Since its beginnings, FEC's Taiwan Adoption Program has united more than 200 children with permanent adoptive families. In addition, many more children have found hope and comfort through our humanitarian aid efforts. FEC
In addition to FEC's Taiwan Adoption Programs, FEC has an established Haiti Adoption Program and provides services to families adopting domestically.
While much of FEC's work is adoption based services, a great amount of our projects are based in humanitarian efforts in the countries we work. And FEC remains greatly committed to meeting the needs of waiting children and children with special needs.
For Every Child continues to serve children and families as we fulfill our mission statement that all children have the right to a loving family.
Purpose, Philosophy, and Mission
Believing that children unable to grow up with their natural parents are best served by being placed in caring adoptive homes, For Every Child operates a child placing agency committed to that end. To facilitate the placement of such children, For Every Child offers the following:
- Identifying qualified adoptive families
- Providing pre- and post-placement and reports necessary for adoption
- Providing educational and support services to adopting family during the adoption process
- Identifying appropriate child placement organizations in foreign countries
- Helps families access support/counseling services before and after adoption placement as needed
Additionally, FEC cooperates with other licensed local, national, and international entities to provide services to children and families and to enhance understanding and acceptance of adoption. For Every Child is organized as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and is licensed in the State of Utah as a lawful Child Placing Agency.
Philosophy and Mission
For Every Child is an adoption agency licensed to provide child placement services to families in Utah. The agency may place children from anywhere in the world and the United States, but is only licensed to conduct placement services in the State of Utah.
For Every Child services children and families without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, or physical disabilities. The agency works with applicant parents in helping them to prepare to become successful adoptive parents – such as helping families access resources in the community, adoptive preparation classes, books, videos, workshops, seminars, support groups, therapists, cultural camps – all designed to help children and their new families have a successful experience together, and to promote friendship and networking between children who are adopted, may have the same background, and to adoptive parents.
For Every Child believes in hiring qualified staff members to provide adoption services. Our employees are trained by the agency to assess the adoptive applicant’s capacity to become adoptive parents according to State and international entity requirements. During the Home Study process, our Director of Social Services works closely with family caseworkers to ensure each family has been properly prepared for adoption, and that they have all the resources necessary to educate them regarding their particular adoption. Our social service employees also review each Home Study conducted by partner agencies to ensure compliance with FEC, the State of Utah, and International guidelines.
For Every Child believes that except in extreme circumstances, EVERY CHILD IS ADOPTABLE. Our social service staff are trained experts in helping families who adopt children with special needs or situations, both domestically and internationally. One of For Every Child’s primary goals is to prepare families who wish to adopt children who are in the greatest need of forever, committed and loving families due to their special medical, physical, emotional and/or behavioral needs or circumstances.
In addition to the direct services to families and children which are provided by the staff, FEC strives to play an active role in local, national, and international adoption organizations. We believe in supporting and being active in adoption organizations which promote adoption practices to protect the child, the biological parents, and the adoptive parents.
It continues to be the goal of For Every Child to work cooperatively in the placement of children for adoption who are unable to remain with their biological families. We are also committed to providing aid and support to those children in need for whom adoption is not possible. Additionally, we are committed to “giving back” through humanitarian aid efforts to the organizations and countries from which we place adoptive children, and are committed to providing the channel for adoptive parents to also give back to these organizations.
For Every Child has a Director of Social Work, and a staff of caseworkers, that work cooperatively to conduct Pre-Placement Home Studies, Post-Placement Reports, and Court Evaluations for the agency.
Our current staff has decades of experience and our Social Working staff has over 50 years combined experience in assessing prospective adoptive families. We try to make the process of adoption both friendly and educational, providing encouragement, and resources supporting successful and positive adoption experiences.