Friday, 15 December, 2017

National Adoption Day event in Brockton creates awareness

Editorial: Adoption makes a big difference in a child's life Dozens of children adopted out of Lafayette foster care in "Mass Adoption" event
Sammy Stanley | 19 November, 2017, 00:57

The two mothers, and other families at the parish center, celebrated National Adoption Day, It's goal, honor the parents who made the decision to give a parentless child a loving home, and the parents who will be making that decision soon. Thirty seven of those children were from Onondaga County.

Kymerea says she's looking forward to making more memories with her official new family.

"We have gone through a fairly extensive legal battle to get to where we are with her, and some are simple, some are not, it just depends on each case", said Salena Courtney, mother of Kayson and Bri.

Beyond the official count, the agency assisted with two other adoptions in MS, and DHR staffers themselves adopted six children over the past year.

The event has happened locally for more than 15 years. "And, to be completely honest, tons and tons of drug use that's resulting in kids entering foster care because their parents aren't able to take care of them".

Parents today say the reward of seeing a child's face light up far outweighs any risk. The day marks the end of a long wait for the families and especially the children who, on average, wait three years in foster care before being adopted. "I mean, you can't help but love her, whenever you see and you spend time with her, you just fall in love with her". "Our children are an awesome gift ... and they deserve to be cherished and honored".

The event began in Syracuse 17 years ago in conjunction with the national movement in an effort to celebrate the adoptions and draw attention to the need for foster parents. "Some of these kids don't have that."And that's why the Children's Home is observing this month as National Adoption Month".

Each year, right around the holiday season, thousands of children get the chance to find that flawless family they've always been looking for.

All of these families have adopted out of the foster care system.

"I know from working with foster parents", Tipton said, "they get so many rewards from loving these kids and nurturing them till they go home - if that's gonna be possible - or to live with grandma or a relative". For many, when the bell rings to signify the formal adoption, the moment of joy is one they will never forget.

We also want to remind you that every Tuesday's right here on KFDX and our sister station KJTL is Tuesday's Child.

"Thanks to the children". For more information, or to be placed in touch with foster/adoptive parents, call DHR at 256-737-5300 and ask to speak to someone in the resource or licensing units.


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