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Meet the Carter Family!

Meet the Carter Family!


"A good sense of humor can help.”- Erin Carter


Lillienne (Lilli) is a delightful 6-year-old who has never met an animal she didn’t like or a child she didn’t want to befriend. Her proud mother, Erin Carter, describes Lilli as “independent, curious, and loving.” Lilli’s interests center around dolls, fashion, dancing, and music.


Although their immediate family consists of just the two of them, this mother and daughter enjoy camaraderie with extended family and close friends. Lilli has three biological half-brothers that she and Erin visit often. Erin has three siblings, as well as three nieces and nephews, so Lilli has lots of loving aunts, uncles, and cousins around. One of Lilli’s brothers is being adopted by Erin’s best friends (also Lilli’s godparents), who are already experienced adoptive parents themselves.


When asked what advice she would offer prospective foster and adoptive parents, Erin didn’t hesitate: “Introducing a foster child into your home can be a huge adjustment for everyone – and you will need a stronger, bigger ‘village’ of support than you think. Ask for help when you need it, and be patient – with yourself and the children in your home. Fostering and adopting may be the hardest thing you ever do as a family, but it can also be the most important thing. Being committed to these children whose lives have been turned upside down takes a lot of work, but you have the opportunity to make a significant impact.” She also notes that “having a good sense of humor and not taking things personally” can help when facing the everyday challenges of parenthood.