Red Sox pitcher Tanner Houck has teamed up with The Home to raise awareness about the importance of adoption and spread joy to children across our agency. The Major Leaguer has been vocal about the difference his adoptive sister, Reanna, has made in his own life, and he is using his platform to address the critical need for foster and adoptive families. Tanner credits Reanna with opening his eyes not only to how privileged he was to have a loving family, food on the table and a warm bed, but to the foster care and adoption process. He recalls when his mom, knowing she’d soon be an empty nester, sat him and his sister down to discuss her desire to foster a child, saying simply: “I’m not done being a mom.” Shortly thereafter, she rolled up to a baseball game with a stroller, and Tanner met his new sister. From that day on, Reanna was a part of their baseball family. “I wouldn’t trade any of it,” says Number 89.
In addition to his advocacy work, Tanner has been visiting programs across The Home, spending time with the kids in our care and showing them they have someone in their corner. “I love getting to hang out with them and [getting to] be that brotherly figure. That’s where my heart is.” Youth across our programs have been treated to Red Sox games, tours of Fenway Park and the Red Sox Hall of Fame and have met Tanner on the field for photo ops and baseball signings. The outings have even been used to further The Home’s permanency work; children from our adoption and foster care programs have met extended family members at the ballpark to join in the fun and build the lasting, loving connections that, in time, can lead to forever homes.
Visit www.youtube.com/@TheHomeforLittleWanderers to view the interview: Adoption from a Sibling’s Perspective, featuring Tanner Houck.