MARION, Ind. (Nov. 15, 2013)—November is National Adoption Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the adoption of children and youth from foster care. Grant County has set aside a special day to celebrate and honor families who adopt. This year, Friday, Nov. 22 has been designated ‘Adoption Day’ and the Grant County Department of Child Services (DCS), Grant County Superior Court 2 and the Children’s Bureau are collaborating to celebrate the dreams of several foster children coming true. This is the first year Grant County has participated in National Adoption Day.
“During November, public and private organizations, businesses, families and individuals celebrate adoption as a positive way to build families. Some of us also celebrate it as part of the 30 days of thanks effort online,” said Jeremy Soultz, director of the Grant County DCS office. “This special event gives us an opportunity to celebrate families and promote fostering and adoption. I believe every child is adoptable, no matter what their age. Each child deserves a family and a place they can call home. While there are many ways for us to show we’re thankful, let’s allow this day to serve as a memorable ‘thanks’ for these families.”
Superior Court Judge Dana Kenworthy will preside over three foster care adoptions scheduled to be finalized on Nov. 22. Adoption ceremonies will begin at 10 am in Superior Court 2 at the Grant County Courthouse.
“I have been looking forward to this day for months. Unfortunately, we see so much tragedy in the court system, and so many children who are abused or neglected,” said Judge Kenworthy. “However, Adoption Day will be a day of joy and celebration as we create forever families. To see children come into the system in such dire circumstances, but walk out of the system safe, happy and loved . . . there is nothing better than that.”
The new adoptive families will enjoy light refreshments after the ceremonies and the new adoptive children will receive special gifts, compliments of the Children’s Bureau and Judge Kenworthy. For anyone interested in learning more about foster care adoptions, an adoption champion will be available near the courthouse’s public entrance.
While special attention is given to adoptions each year during November, DCS and its partners work year-round to find permanent homes for kids. To help build awareness about adoptable foster children continuously throughout the year, DCS developed a compelling portraits display of children in need of adoptive families. The exhibit, called the Indiana Heart Gallery, travels to over 50 venues around the state each year.
In addition, an online picture book with photos and short bios of adoptable kids is available (see http://www.in.gov/dcs/2737.htm). To provide support for parents that adopt a foster child, DCS and its partners offer post-adoptive services including referrals, therapy, crisis intervention, support groups and mentoring.
To be eligible to adopt a child from the foster care system, you do not have to be rich, own your own house or even be married. You only need space in your heart to provide love for a child. Though waiting kids come from a variety of backgrounds— some are part of a sibling group, many are older children or adolescents and some have physical or mental disabilities—DCS and its partners are committed to proving there is no such thing as an un-adoptable child.
Children who stay in child welfare systems for long periods of time, or leave state care without a permanent family, can have difficulty adjusting to adulthood. Many end up homeless, incarcerated or with unplanned babies.
Top 5 Reasons to Consider Adopting a Foster Child:
#5 – Patience and a sense of humor are two of your greatest strengths.
#4 – You have a heart that is bigger than your home.
#3 – You know how important it is to be part of a family.
#2 – You believe every kid counts.
And the #1 reason to consider adopting a foster child: Today there are nearly 100 foster children in Indiana waiting for permanent homes.
For more information about adopting a foster child, call 1-888-25ADOPT.
Grant County Superior Court is located at 101 East 4th Street in Marion.
About Indiana Department of Child Services:
DCS is committed to protecting children who are victims of abuse or neglect. The agency's primary goal is to safely keep these children at home with their families by offering appropriate support services. It also manages the child support bureau. Indiana Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline: 800.800.5556. www.in.gov/dcs