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Feature Article: The Road to Adoption for Coach Kacie Street

September 15, 2019

For volleyball coach Kacie Street and her husband Josh, adoption was always what they had wanted. When they had the opportunity to move back to their hometown of College Station, they knew it was time. The journey to become first-time parents to twins Caleb and August was supported by their close-knit families and brought to fruition in the backdrop of their beloved BCS community.

Kacie is a College Station native. Graduating from A&M Consolidated High School in 2003, she was a First Team All-State selection for volleyball. Coach Street received her Bachelors in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University in 2007, and went back for a Masters in Sport Management in 2016.

Coach Street taught and coached in the Katy Independent School district from 2008-2013, where she taught Physical Education and coached volleyball, basketball, and track. In 2013 she transitioned out of teaching and took a management role as an Assistant Director for Houston Skyline Juniors. The opportunity arose in 2017 to return to her roots in College Station as a teacher for College Station High School, and in 2018 Street was promoted to the head volleyball coach.

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Back in the community where they had grown up and where their families were nearby, Street and her husband Josh, a police officer, knew they were ready to grow their family. Soon after moving, they began the process of becoming certified foster parents, with the intention of eventual adoption. In 2019, they were placed with their first foster kids, 2 year-old twin boys Caleb and August, whom as it turned out would become their forever children.

In an interview on 9/11/19, Coach Kacie Street shared the story of her new family's adoption journey and the unexpectedly swift transition to becoming a first-time mom.

What led you to decide to adopt? What was the process like for you?

"For my husband and I, it was just what we'd always planned and wanted to do. There are a ton of different ways to adopt, and different avenues that you can go about it. You can go through private adoption, the foster care system, and of course internationally. For us, we wanted to impact someone here, because there are a lot of kids here that need homes, and through the state there is a huge need there, and so we knew we wanted to look through the fostering system.

With the foster care system, the goal is always reunification. Knowing that, as a foster care family, you have to have a very strong heart, because you get attached to kids, but you know they could be taken away. You work with the social worker on preferences, and the more open you are, the faster you are likely to be placed with children. For us, as new first-time parents we knew we wanted to begin young, but gender, ethnicity, sibling status, or background did not matter to us."

What has challenged you the most in the process?

"With the adoption process, or parenting in general? [laughs] When we were first approved and ready for fostering, we had a call to say that there were children, twin boys, that were available for fostering, and when they asked if we were interested, we said yes, absolutely. We were really excited, we said 'this is awesome,' and we were really pumped up. They said, 'OK, great, they will be ready in about six weeks for the placement,' And in my mind I was thinking, 'yes, six weeks is great,' since I was still coaching year-round with the school and the Houston Skyliners, and we were busy, so it was time to figure things out and get prepared.

But then we get a call on Thursday that there was a problem with the boys' current homing situation, and could they come on Monday? So we had four days to basically get ready for twin boys!

It turned out great. Our support system, our tribe came through and had everything and more provided for us to help. There was no time to do things like baby showers, but it was really a very humbling experience, because you realize how many people are there not just to support you, but also your growing family and what you are doing."

What support did you receive from your CSHS and BCS community throughout all of this?

"They were wonderful! Everyone here has been so supportive and on board. The volleyball kids threw a big shower here at the school for the boys. They just inundated us with everything we could have thought about. We didn't ask for it, but that's the thing. They told us it was just something they wanted to do, and that they were so excited for us. It was an amazing feeling and a humbling experience. The boys have just come into a ton of family. They're here in the gym a lot, and they ask to come see the girls play at practices and matches. So they're here, they have a big extended family.

The reason that I am able to do what I do here as a head coach, and as a mom, is because of the support system here and in the community with players, teachers, and even more so from mine and my husband's family. They help out a lot. We both work very hour-driven jobs, we're gone a lot, but again, the kids, they just come into it and are very much a part of whatever we are doing and they love it. We're not your typical ‘home-by-five’ family, and it's fast and furious, but they enjoy it, and with our family always a part of it and helping out, they think it's the best thing ever."

What's been your favorite part of the process?

“The boys! [laughes] They're so funny. I get asked questions a lot because a lot of people are interested in the adoption process. They've thought a lot about it and they don't how they would feel, because you are taking someone else kids - strangers, basically - but they just become your family. They're your kids, and some people aren't really sure how that's going to feel. But, they're your kids, there's just no other way to explain it. They're wonderful... there's not really words."

What advice or counsel would you give to someone looking at adoption?

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"I would do your research, as far as what type of adoption you're looking for, and talk to people who have been adopted. That was one of the things I found. More people come up to me knowing that I have adopted children, and have said, 'You know what? I'm adopted too.' This has been phenomenal, like this has been like this what I am supposed to do.

I know every process is different. For us, it was very emotional. There's always highs and lows in between. Getting your kids and wondering whether you're going to get to keep them or not is very emotional and very difficult at times. If you are faint of heart, it is very difficult to do this type of process."

What would you want people to take away from your story?

"That you can do it. A lot of people question it. They've always said 'Maybe someday' or 'I think I can.' The fact is there's never going to be a right time. There's always going to be something that feels like push back, push back, push pack. But I had just started a new job and we'd just moved and we were experiencing big changes. We just said we were going to do this, and so we jumped in and we did it, and we survived. The kids make it so worth it, because they are your children. I can't imagine not having them. We're all where we're supposed to be, together." *

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