Eighteen families adopted 31 children at the Lubbock County Courthouse Friday on National Adoption Day. So many probably felt a tug on their heartstrings when reading Monday's Reading Eagle story about children in Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties - more than 1,700 of them - who entered foster care in 2015. Attendees at the event included Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs, Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry and Cullman County District Judge Kim Chaney. But then, there comes a day that makes it all worth it.
The Cohn's may not be done, as they look to adopt a little girl in the near future, and caseworkers say they hope more families, like the Holley's and Cohn's, will open their hearts and homes to the almost 4-thousand children and teens in the state waiting patiently to find a forever family. I know I did!
Santana recalled a time when his grandchildren were separated in foster care. Cullman County now has 51 children waiting.
Saturday marks National Adoption Day, which was founded in 2000 to raise awareness about the thousands of foster children awaiting adoption nationwide. After today, 15 families will have 21 new faces around the Thanksgiving table.
When they brought her home as a foster daughter 20 months ago, Emma was in a wheelchair.
Smith told The Tribune that Cullman County now has around 200 children in foster care, with 51 of those waiting to be adopted. As for Emily Meyn, she waited five years for that same chance.
Smith talked to The Tribune about what leads children into foster care.
Details on that, plus more on the adoption process, can be found by visiting Tuesday's Children. I think there's a strain in resources, with other state agencies- juvenile probation, mental health. "We're doing it for the kids". We're seeing a lot of that. "I have a very near and dear place on my heart for children".
As you can see there is a vast need for adoptive families.
Chaney shared, "We're fortunate to live in such a tremendous community that values children".
The people at the Life Management Center build bonds with these children before they find forever homes. You can't put a price on that.
"We encourage all citizens to honor families who adopt and to consider making a positive change in a child's life by becoming an adoptive family", Gibson said ahead of a balloon release. "And I worked really hard for this, and I feel blessed", Quinn said.
"Leo is a great big brother", Smith said. If you are interested in learning more about foster care and/or adoption please visit the U.P. KIDS website at www.upkids.com or you can contact us by phone at 906-487-9823.
"Thanks to the children".