Celebrating Adoption: The Dougherty Family


Alicia and Josh Dougherty are from Pittsford, NY. Josh is a special education teacher with the Pittsford Central School District. Josh also coaches football and Track and Field in Pittsford.

Alicia is a former teacher and nanny who now stays home to raise the kids. We have 7 kids with special needs, which equals a lot of appointments, therapies and activities throughout the week to manage. 

After 9 years of infertility and pregnancy losses we adopted then 5-year-old Alex from the foster care system. Two years later we adopted then 6-year-old James from the foster care system. Two years ago we got foster placement of our now 3 year old twins, who will be heading into adoption soon. During all of this we were blessed with 3 miracle pregnancies. Included in the mix of our kids we consider our adopted son’s biological sister, Bryanne, to be an honorary Dougherty, and her 3 children to be like our grandchildren. 

So in the past 7 years we’ve gone from zero children to:









Plus our grandkids:



Maverick-4 months

(Foster twins blurred per media rules)


Family YouTube documentary: 


For more information on adopting from foster care contact Children Awaiting Parents 585-232-5110. childrenawaitingparents.org 


Photography by Melissa Siena of A Snap In Time Photography.

Videography by Todd Elliott Media at Toddemedia.com