We are small and we are honest about that. Our organization is nothing without you.
You power every move we make.
You power every event thrown for the girls in the foster care system. You power every awareness event held to raise awareness about issues within the foster care system. You power every birthday in a box. You want to see results from your donations? Just watch what we do, because every dollar donated goes toward the empowerment events, the awareness events and the gifts given to the girls in the foster care system.
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We weren’t the best about updating events on the website last year so we figured we would provide a recap to let you know what we were up to with this tiny but powerful non-profit organization!
January – SWEET
Self-Worth Encourage Empower Thrive
Started the morning with a self worth exercise (“shadow box”) where the girls made a collage of everything the show to the world on the outside of the box and everything they hide from the world on the inside of the box and we talked about why they hide what they hide, and what they could potentially gain and give by sharing their truth.
Next had mac make-up artists lead a tutorial and he gave amazing mac makeup gift bags.
We then had lunch catered by a local sandwich shop and headed to JM Hair Galleries for hair styling and positive life advice.
After the salon the girls headed to the Jeff Civillico family friendly show at the Flamingo on the Las Vegas Strip. It was a blast!
Finished the night off with family style dinner at Lindo Michoachan.
February – Self Love Valentine’s Day Event
Italian family style dinner, dancing, roses, boxed chocolates, cupcakes and a presentation and conversation surrounding the importance of loving one self and knowing one’s worth.
March – Easter Baskets
Hand crafted 26 Easter baskets for girls in the foster care system!
July – Birthday Wine Fundraiser
Being an adopted kid, Founder Juliana Whitney can get bit emotional on her birthday. Instead of focusing too much on herself she wanted to use her day of adoption to help kids in the foster care system by turning her birthday celebration into a fundraiser. Wine tasting fundraiser at Khoury’s Fine Wine and Spirits.
November Holiday Gifts
30 gift bags
Youth helping youth. Gathered 30 high school students to build 30 holiday gift bags filled with candy, fuzzy socks, face masks, manicure kits, hair ties, and more.
January 2017 – Rising Strong
Gave 25 copies of Brene Brown’s book “Rising Strong” to a girls group home. Founder, Juliana Whitney’s birth mother told her that the book helped her feel “less guilty and ashamed” about giving Juliana up for adoption, so we thought the book might help heal some similar wounds for the girls.
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Let’s be real, running a non-profit organization takes a lot of work! That Adopted Girl is powerful, but small as well. Really small. Basically a founder, a few board members and any amount of volunteers they can get at any of the events. All of whom are passionate about empowering kids in the foster care system. This past year we have been less active than the couple before because founder Juliana Whitney is an entrepreneur and has had to put a lot of energy into her income generating startups for a bit of time. But That Adopted Girl has NOT been forgotten, and in the midst of building her two businesses, Juliana had an epiphany.
“That Adopted Girl, helping to empower girls in the foster care system, and creating exciting youth memories for them is so dear to my heart. As an adoptee myself, knowing the amount to which I struggled with my self-worth and struggled with turning my wounds into wisdom, bringing some sense of guidance and celebration to the lives of these girls is paramount. It is so deeply important on a moral and human level, but also on a societal and systemic level, that I sometimes am not quite sure how to really get the message across to people how much building up the self worth of these kids builds up the value of our society. On a level of supporting children in foster care it is important. On a level of women supporting women it is is important.
I have been feeling guilty because we haven’t been able to do as many events this year for the girls. The truth is that 100% of all money we raise goes to the gifts and events for the girls, so I have to also be able to also build a livelihood with my businesses and that has really taken a lot of my time over the past year. TAG is a small organization and we do events for about 20-50 girls at a time. But, I cry every time because every time we do a self worth event and celebrate the lives and the potential of these girls…at least one of them says that it’s the best day of their life, and at least one wants to know when they will be able to be at a TAG event again.” – Juliana Whitney, Founder
Amidst being questioned about why she would take the path of lean entrepreneurship, a questions she received even upon starting That Adopted Girl, she realized that being an adopted kid really prepared her for entrepreneurship. Adoption prepared her for the hard times, for being questioned, for doing things off the beaten path. Juliana connected with America Adopts and asked if she could do apiece to share this realization with their readers just in case anyone out there might relate. Read the piece here.
As for supporters, we appreciate your support immensely. Your donations, your time, your social media shares, and everything else you do, all mean the world to a grassroots organization like That Adopted Girl. There will be more events for the girls in the foster care system. You are still helping make a direct impact on girls in the foster care system. The more you give, the more we can give. Thank you so much for everything. You are the all stars. You change lives. Legitimately, without you, nothing of the past few years would have been possible.
We are super excited to start the year off with SWEET (self worth encourage empower thrive). SWEET is an all day experience for girls ages 12-14 in the foster care system. The day include a self worth workshop, an afternoon of pampering at JM Hair Gallery and an evening of a dinner and show. Instilling a sense of worth from inside, to outside, to experience. 💕. We all know that teenage years are a struggle. Finding your identity, experiencing hormonal changes. Being away from your parents and living in foster care makes this struggle a lot more intense and often much more lonely. SWEET creates a frame work for girls to learn about themselves and their inner value while creating a joyful and positive childhood memory.
To join That Adopted Girl in improving the lives of America’s children and to learn more about the mission and programs visit ThatAdoptedGirl.com.
Thank you for your support👍. Without you none of this would be possible.
🍭The team at That Adopted Girl
That Adopted Girl Inc. is taking Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to teach girls in the foster care system about SELF love. The girls will enjoy a multi-course dinner and learn about allowing other people love them, but not depending upon the love of others in order to feel complete. Every young girl could benefit from this lesson, and girls in the foster care system, even more so. You can sponsor 1 girl’s spot in this event for only $23 dollars by donating at here. There are 50 spots available! Let’s get every spot filled and empower these girls with a sense of self love <3
Founder & President
That Adopted Girl Inc.
Forgotten Futures – National Adoption Month Awareness Campaign 2015.
The That Adopted Girl, National Adoption Month awareness campaign, “Forgotten Futures” at the EDEN Gallery in Downtown Las Vegas was a great success! Hundreds of people attended over the two week show period and learned new information about foster care and adoption by reading the stories accompanying each piece.
Local artists created pieces about issues within the foster care system. The kids created pieces about their experience inside the foster care system and they were overjoyed to see their art in a real gallery.
Score! Awareness raised!
These awareness events are incredibly important to our mission to inspire, empower and uplift kids in the foster care system and to raise social awareness about foster and adopted youth. Raaising awareness is vital to every cause and especially to this one because people aren’t paying attention and they don’t even realize that there is an issue at hand. It’s not their fault, if the general population doesn’t know that there is an issue, how will they be able to do anything about it? This is why we must work to raise awareness.
Thank you for being a That Adopted Girl supporter. Your support makes awareness events and campaigns possible as well as our other life changing programs. Let’s make people across the nation aware that these kids are important, they are our future and they must not be forgotten.
Show your support and join in the effort by learning more and donating at www.ThatAdoptedGirl.com
Forgotten Futures is the That Adopted Girl-National Adoption Month awareness campaign 2015!
A collection of art pieces shown at EDEN Gallery in Downtown Las Vegas, created by local Las Vegas artists illustrating issues within the foster care and adoption systems. Also featuring pieces created by youth currently in the foster care system depicting their experiences from the inside.
No filter. No apologies. Wholehearted art. Social awareness raised.
Come experience the Best National Adoption Month Awareness Campaign in Las Vegas!