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Stories of Life-Changing Connections: Mental Health Support, Foster Care & Adoption

Collage of images from submitted stories

At KVC Health Systems, a family of nonprofits serving children and families, we always start with connection. Healing begins when we have positive relationships in our lives — people who see us, look out for us, and want the best for us. And at KVC, we get to be part of inspiring, life-changing connection stories every day. Whether that’s a story of a foster care caseworker noticing and meeting a child’s needs, a family reconnecting after difficult times, or a community coming together for a shared cause, life is really all about positive relationships with other people.

While some of us have had a harder road to walk, many of us have inspiring stories of transformation and healing we could share with others. These are personal stories of finding inner strength, overcoming traumatic and difficult experiences, and relying on the people and connections who supported us along the way. If you have such a story, sharing it with others or with a mental health professional can help you feel freer and lighter, encourage others, and can even change the world by sparking hope.

Do you believe every child deserves to be safe and connected to a strong family? Join us to receive a few inspiring stories each month and help end childhood adversity. Subscribe here! 

Storytelling’s power is why, each year, KVC Health Systems holds a Story Contest. We celebrate the inspiring ways children and adults have healed from serious challenges like strained family relationships, mental health needs, addiction, loneliness and hopelessness. Our nationwide team and supporters are grateful to have been a part of these stories.

We received many entries to our 2023 Story Contest. Since then, we’ve been sharing the stories online. These stories came from youth and families we’ve served, foster or adoptive families who support our mission, and KVC team members who provide in-home family therapy and support, mental health treatment, foster care, adoption, inpatient children’s mental health treatment and other life-changing services. The stories highlight the resilience of the people we serve and the compassion and expertise of our team members.

The KVC Story Contest uses a team of judges to select the most emotionally compelling stories. The top winners received Amazon gift cards, several people won swag like tote bags and tumblers, and everyone who submitted a story got custom wallpaper to use on their smartphones.

Now is a great time to check out any of these stories you may have missed! Also, please enter our 2024 Story Contest taking place now through July 31. You can win KVC swag and Amazon gift cards!


Michelle and her children

Success Story: Sister and Brother Get a Loving Home When Teacher Fosters Then Adopts Them


Submitted by Michelle Ablard

Hope and AshtonHow KVC Helped Teen Get a Second Chance at Life: Music Therapy for Children’s Mental Health


Submitted by Hope Romero


First Star AcademyTeen Boy Finds Second Family Through KVC’s First Star Academy


Submitted by Walter “Skipp” Swoope


Lisa BooneCreating Lasting Impact: The Urgent Need for Foster Parents in Missouri


Submitted by Lisa Boone, KVC Missouri

Coworkers with stacked hands at the office

Overcoming a Flood Crisis: One Employees Story of Resilience and Support


Submitted by Kelli Adams



Some stories will be shared later this year. Follow KVC on social media so you don’t miss them!

Submit Your Story & Win!

Do you have a story that shows how you made a positive difference in someone’s life through KVC, or how KVC made a positive difference in yours? By submitting your story during our upcoming Story Contest (now through July 31), you’ll win an instant prize of custom wallpaper and be entered to win one of several Amazon gift cards. Entering takes as little as 5 minutes. Submit your story at

If you believe every child should be safe and connected to a strong family and a healthy community, join us! Explore KVC careers, learn more about helping a child or teen who has experienced abuse or neglect by becoming a foster or adoptive parent, or consider donating online today.

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