Health and Family Services Cabinet
Twenty-five Jefferson Families Celebrate Adoptions; Thirty-eight children join new families on Louisville Adoption Day
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 18, 2011) – Twenty-five families warmly welcomed new members today when the adoptions of 38 children were finalized as part of Louisville Adoption Day.
Following the proceedings in Jefferson Family Court, the families celebrated at a reception cosponsored by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS).
Diane Underwood, manager of the Adoption Services Branch in the CHFS Department for Community Based Services said the parents are champions for their children.
“These are amazing families who have opened their hearts to incredible children,” she said. “Today we can celebrate the start of the newest chapters in their lives. They have found their ‘forever families.’”
The celebration was part of November’s Adoption Awareness Month in Kentucky, as proclaimed by Gov. Steve Beshear.
Other sponsors of the reception include the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), Jefferson Circuit Court Family Division, the Jefferson County Circuit Court Clerk’s office, Jefferson County Foster Care Review Boards, the Special Needs Adoption Program (SNAP), Adoption Support for Kentucky (ASK), WLKY Wednesday’s Child Inc., and Wendy’s Wonderful Kids.
Of the more than 6,700 children in state out-of-home care, almost 1,800 children have the goal of adoption. Nearly 350 children have had their parental rights terminated, which means that they are available for adoption, but do not have an identified adoptive family.
In 2004, former Chief Justice Joseph Lambert challenged Kentucky family courts to hold a statewide adoption day to finalize as many adoptions as possible and raise awareness about children in foster care.
The goals of Adoption Day are to encourage others to adopt and foster children; to build collaboration among local adoption agencies and organizations; and to communicate the availability and need for post-adoptive services.
Underwood said parents who decide to adopt are making a big difference for vulnerable children.
“Adoption is a long process, but the journey has so many rewards,” she said. “Adoptive families become part of a strong and welcoming community. Someone can always offer advice or a hand of support.”
Adoptive families can receive help paying for basic needs like medical care, school supplies, child care and even college tuition. Veteran adoptive parents across the state serve as mentors to newly adoptive parents.
For more information about adoption, log on to http://chfs.ky.gov/snap. Call CHFS at (800) 232-KIDS to request an information packet.
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