Imagine if members of your community joined together, encouraged one another to foster and adopt, and created a network of support for these families. We would see more children with families of their own, richer family life, more engaged communities—and a better society.

The Second Nurture Model

Plant Seeds:

Getting a sense of community interest, learning about and meeting the potential  local social service partners, educating the community about 2N through new and existing programming.

Take Root:

Introduce interested parties to each other, support participants individually and as a group, continue multilevel awareness-raising and education about 2N throughout the community.

Branch Out:

Prepare the membership to become a community in which fostering and adoption are integral and organic to who they are.​

Bear Fruit: 

​​The community includes foster and adoptive families, offers their time and skills, deepens their cultural richness and continually adapts to the real-time needs that emerge.

Nurture:

The cohort, ever growing in families, supports one another; the community, with a new eye to the cohort families and their kids, grows thoughtfully and responds to evolving needs; and external partnerships are deepened, expanded or concluded.

Cohort

The group of people who explore and pursue fostering and adoption, becoming an ever-growing, mutually supportive, subgroup of foster and adoptive families. The cohort is the nucleus of the program.

Networks of Support

There are two general categories of support networks. The first is the community in which the cohort is ensconced. The second includes county agencies and private organizations that offer a particular expertise.

Community Culture

The community weaves foster care and adoption into the cultural fabric so that a.) adoption and fostering are highlighted values; and b.) foster and adoptive families see themselves reflected  in the identity of the community.

There are three components to our model.

Cohort

Families considering, pursuing or currently fostering or have adopted are in on-going relationships. They gather monthly for a bagel brunch in which to share experiences, thoughts, feelings and wisdom and meet expert guests on varied topics such as hair care, how to speak with our kids about birth families and trauma informed yoga. There is also on-going communication via multiple channels including a private group Facebook page.

Networks of Support

When a need arises, a message goes out to the community and members who have the capacities needed come forward to help. Over time an on-going database of volunteers is developed. Some needs are not met by the internal community, in which case 2N makes partnerships with and recommends county agencies or private organizations such as Foster Family Agencies, wide-ranging therapeutic services, diversity training, and cultural opportunities.

Community Culture

Each community weaves foster care and adoption into the cultural fabric so that adoption and fostering are highlighted values and foster and adoptive families see themselves reflected in the identity of the community. 2N provides resources to integrate fostering and adoption into communal traditions, rituals  and events across a range of settings so that all families feel seen and held by the larger community.

How It Works

With Second Nurture, you're on this journey with friends at your side.

Our model gives you a path, as a family and as a community, to become the families and communities kids need.

Grow A Comminuty

Any community can become a 2N community: faith, LGBTQ+ centers, schools...

Imagine if members of your community joined together, encouraged one another to foster and adopt, and created a network of support for these families. We would see more children with families of their own, richer family life, more engaged communities—and a better society.

The Second Nurture Model

Second Nurture was founded in 2017 by Susan Silverman. After meeting hundreds of people in dozens of cities in the US and Canada while touring with her book, a memoir about her family and adoption, she became convinced that many more people would foster and adopt if they had direction, fellowship and support.

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