We are Rudy and Michele Castillo. We do not have biological children and we have lovingly adopted four children from the foster care system.
It has been an absolute positive experience for us. We adopted John, now 20 years old, from Santa Clara County, Ca., who is in the army stationed in Germany. We also adopted three children from Denver County, Colo., Luciano, 21, is in his third year of college for criminal justice. Mary, 18, is a bank teller and part-time student, and Ava, 3 years old, is in preschool. However, we have a total of 12 children.
We have been foster parents for 19 years now. We consider all of our foster children as part of our family. Many come back to visit and share in our family traditions and holidays. It has been a wonderful experience to help children that are in need, and to provide them a loving family setting. Both of our families have been very supportive.
We make it very special when a new child comes into our home by making them their favorite dinner, eating off a special plate that says “You are special,” using gold silverware that belonged to Michele’s grandparents from their 50th golden wedding anniversary, and also a “Welcome to the Family” banner. Each birthday is handled in the same way.
We go on vacations to California a lot to visit family, friends and to visit Disneyland. Some of our children had never seen the beach before and to see their faces — it was a dream come true for them. We are very much involved in all of our children’s education and sports, and we support them as much as possible. We truly are blessed to have had our children come into our lives. We are so proud of each one of them and appreciate their love and commitment to us as parents and to each other.
AdoptUSKids is a service of the U.S. Children’s Bureau and has been in operation since 2002 by the Adoption Exchange Association under a cooperative agreement (grant #90CQ0003). The mission of AdoptUSKids is two-fold: to raise public awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families for children in the public child welfare system; and to assist U.S. States, Territories, and Tribes to recruit and retain foster and adoptive families and connect them with children.