Sue Badeau
Sue Badeau

Sue Badeau

Sue Badeau is a nationally known speaker, writer and consultant with a heart for children and families. After receiving a degree in Early Childhood Education from Smith College, Sue worked for many years in child welfare and juvenile justice systems. She currently serves on several national boards including the Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment (ATTACh) and Justice for Families and recently completed her tenure as president of the North American Council on Adoptable Children. Sue writes and speaks extensively to public & private agencies, courts, parent groups and churches. She has worked closely with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, A Second Chance, Inc., All Children, All Families (a program of the Human Rights Campaign), the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Casey Family Programs and was the Deputy Director of the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care. Sue has developed curricula and provided training in all fifty states, several Tribal nations and internationally in North America and Africa.

Sue and her husband, Hector, are lifetime parents of twenty-two children, two by birth and twenty adopted (three, with terminal illnesses, are now deceased). They have also served as foster parents to several dozen children and twice hosted refugees from Kosovo and Sudan. They have co-authored a book about their family’s parenting journey, Are We There Yet: The Ultimate Road Trip Adopting and Raising 22 Kids. Sue and her daughter Chelsea have also co-authored a book on child trauma, Building Bridges of Hope: A Coloring Book for Adults Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma and a companion volume for children entitled Bubbles and Butterflies.. These books, can be found on Amazon.com or on Sue’s website – www.suebadeau.com – Sue may be reached by email at sue@suebadeau.com. Sue lives in Philadelphia with Hector and enjoys spending time with her many grand and great-grandchildren.

Hector Badeau
Hector Badeau

Hector Badeau

Hector Badeau is an adoptive father and lifelong advocate. He currently works as a volunteer with senior citizens in Philadelphia and children in Kenya. He holds a BA in history from New England College. Hector has more than 40 years’ experience working with children in care, as well as adolescents and adults with cognitive and mental health challenges and chronically homeless individuals. Hector and his wife Sue are lifetime parents of twenty-two children, two by birth and twenty adopted (three, with terminal illnesses, are now deceased). They have also served as foster parents and kin caregivers to grandchildren.

During the Badeaus years of active parenting 22 children, Hector was the primary caregiver and household manager for their family that included 20 kids adopted from foster care with serious and varied special needs. He was also an active volunteer with youth ministries and youth sports.

Hector was named one of the 50 “Good Neighbors” in his Philadelphia community, and together the Badeaus have garnered national awards from the White House, Congress and national adoption organizations. They have co-authored a book about their family’s parenting journey, Are We There Yet: The Ultimate Road Trip Adopting and Raising 22 Kids, which can be found on Amazon.com or on Sue’s website – www.suebadeau.com

In addition to their “forever family” of 22 children, the Badeaus have served as foster parents and as a refugee host family. They live in Philadelphia and are active in Summit Presbyterian Church.