Health and Family Services Cabinet
Fifteen Jefferson County Families Celebrate Adoptions; 22 children join new families on Louisville Adoption Day
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 13, 2008) – Fifteen families grew in size and in love today when the adoptions of 22 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).
Mike Grimes, manager of the Adoption Services Branch in CHFS’ Department for Community Based Services, congratulated the families and called parents champions for their children.
“These children now have someone to call ‘family’ and a place to belong,” Grimes said. “You have opened your hearts and your homes, and now you all can enjoy a new beginning.”
The celebration was part of Adoption Awareness Month in Kentucky, as proclaimed by Governor 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) and WLKY Wednesday's Child, Inc.
Grimes said of the almost 1,900 state foster children with a goal of adoption, about 380 are legally free for adoption but have no identified family. Fifty-three children in Jefferson County are legally free for adoption but do not have an identified adoptive family. DCBS is diligently searching for families for these children.
At the reception, families received a DVD of their adoption proceedings. Children were treated to a stuffed bunny from Nestle and a Wendy’s lunch from sponsor Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, an adoption advocacy group.
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; to build collaboration among local adoption agencies and organizations; and to communicate the availability and need for post-adoptive services.
Grimes said parents who commit to adoption are part of a strong, supportive community.
“Even after you adopt, several partner agencies and resources can assist you,” he said. “Veteran adoptive parents serve as brilliant mentors, and they have also become our best recruiters of foster and adoptive families.”
Grimes said adoptive families can receive help paying for basic needs like medical care, school supplies, child care and even college tuition.
For more information about adoption, log on to chfs.ky.gov/snap. Or call CHFS at (800) 232-KIDS to request an information packet.
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