1995: Richard and Annette Fischer, Fostering Families Today’s founders, adopt 3-month-old Nicole from China. Two years later, Richard returns to China to adopt the couple’s second daughter, 8-month-old Jenna.
1998: Welcoming home a sick child and having difficulty finding answers from the U.S. healthcare system, Richard founded Adoption Today magazine to help connect other adoptive families to resources.
2001: Richard creates Fostering Families Today after learning how few resources and training are provided to foster families.
2002: Kim Phagan-Hansel joins the Fostering Families Today and Adoption Today staff, ultimately becoming the editor of both publications.
2003: Richard receives the Angels in Adoption award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.
2012: Adoption Today and Fostering Families Today are named Media Award Winners by the National Association of Social Workers.
2014: Adoption Today and Fostering Families Today are recognized for their work in the adoption community by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, receiving an Adoption Excellence Award.
2014: Kim Phagan-Hansel receives the Angels in Adoption award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.
2016: Founder Richard Fischer passes away, leaving an almost 20-year legacy of providing educational resources to foster and adoptive families.
2017: Adoption Today and Fostering Families Today is acquired by Los Angeles-based Fostering Media Connections, a nonprofit journalism organization.
As of 2023, the number of Fostering Families Today subscribers has increased by tens of thousands, and Sriya Chattopadhyay joined the team as FFT’s editor after Kim becomes director of sustainability for Fostering Media Connections.