Jonathan Milstein

From its headquarters in Seattle, EarthCorps supports a range of programs that help bolster the regional community through comprehensive environmental service. The nonprofit’s origins stretch back to 1993, when returning Peace Corps volunteer Dwight Wilson undertook efforts to apply the fundamental mission of the Peace Corps to environmental projects in the Cascade mountain range from Vancouver, Washington to Vancouver, British Columbia. Mr. Wilson’s organization was initially known as Cascadia Quest.

In 1995, Cascadia Quest began partnering with a variety of government agencies, businesses and community associations throughout the greater Seattle region. To reflect this expanded involvement, the organization took on the additional name of King County World Conservation Corps. To simplify matters, the pithy name EarthCorps was adopted in 1999, conveying the group’s firm commitment to environmental service and global understanding. Today, the organization supports dozens of staff members and a regional volunteer base that numbers in the tens of thousands.

About the Author: Jonathan Milstein is a Kirkland, Washington lawyer who previously served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Washington State Attorney General's Office. Outside of the office, he has a long history of involvement with a variety of charities and community outreach groups.
 
 
Jonathan Milstein, attorney, is the founder of Puget Sound Professional Legal Services, a firm focused on family law, including adoption law.

Many families dream of adopting a child, and many foster children dream of being adopted. While this may be true, there are also many perpetual myths. Some people believe that adopters must be wealthy homeowners to qualify. The truth is, adopting from U.S. foster care is usually free, and high income, home ownership, and existing children are not required.

Another common myth is that sibling relationships among foster children are unimportant. In reality, siblings in the foster care system are often very strongly bonded. Placing the children together is usually the best option for the children, as it helps keep things similar and prevents them from experiencing yet another loss.

Families who are considering adopting are strongly recommended to research the topic thoroughly. The adoption process is long, often taking about a year from initial outreach to child placement. By planning ahead, remaining patient, and being prepared, families can make the most of the adoption process and be ready to bring a new child into their lives.