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.
2017: Fostering Families Today becomes a full-color publication that also custom-creates newsletter inserts for family foster care agencies.
2018: The number of Fostering Families Today subscribers jumps by over 500 percent.