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Our Mission

Second Nurture's mission is to radically increase the number of families who choose to foster and adopt waiting children and teens, and do so successfully.

We help you explore, pursue and thrive in fostering and adoption by mobilizing your community to support you every step of the way.

Personal, Communal and Social Responsibility:
We are all responsible for one another. The well-being of children, families, communities, and society are mutually reinforcing and must be cultivated toward empathy, love and strength. We partner with courageous, visionary, and open-minded communities that choose to prioritize the needs of children.

Our Values

Learning and Agility:

We seek best professional practices to live our values, and listen to each family and community to understand their unique needs and benefit from their wisdom.

Expertise and Collaboration:

Our work leverages the expertise of existing professionals and organizations as well as the skills of the membership, and the wisdom of our families.



We seek sustainable organizational diversity. And our partnerships support families regardless of parental marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, class or physical abilities.

Rabbi Nehama Benmosche

Nehama holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Emory University, Rabbinic Ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and a Ph.D. from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She had been a community rabbi and now serves as an educator and consultant with a focus on non-traditional families. But most important are her four children, who were adopted domestically and internationally: Elie, Eliyashu, Ezra and Sima.

April Dinwoodie

April is a trans-racially adopted person and nationally recognized thought leader on adoption and foster care. April created a specialized mentoring program called Adoptment, where adults who were adopted and/or spent time in foster care serve as mentors to youth navigating foster care and adoption. To raise awareness surrounding the many layers of the adoption experience, April candidly shares her experiences at workshops, conferences, schools and via her iTunes podcast “Born in June, Raised in April.” Before she entered the non-profit world, April served as a senior level executive within the marketing and communications departments of some of today’s most recognized brands.