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Parents Can Talk to Experts at 2011 Adoption Fair; Free event Jan. 30 features nine agencies

Press Release Date:  Monday, January 24, 2011  
Contact Information:  Media Contact: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6786, ext. 3104; or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  


       
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 24, 2011) – Parents can learn more about adoption this month at the 2011 Adoption Fair.

The free event is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30, at Saint Francis High School and is sponsored by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), WLKY Wednesday’s Child and local adoption agencies.

The school is located at 233 W. Broadway, Louisville. Visitors should enter the building from Third Street.

Parents can speak to staff from nine area agencies that provide home studies and placements for infant, domestic, international and older child adoptions. Public and private adoptions will be addressed. Resource agencies that offer support to adoptive families will also be present.

Workshops will be offered from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and will address adoption basics, international adoption and adoption from out-of-home care.

The event is free, and no registration is required.

CHFS coordinates the state’s public adoption program through its Department for Community Based Services (DCBS). DCBS administers the Special Needs Adoption Program (SNAP), which recruits safe, permanent and loving homes for children in the state foster care system who are awaiting adoption.

DCBS Adoption Services Branch Manager Mike Grimes said the fair is for anyone who is interested in learning more about adoption.  

“For someone just beginning the process, there can be so many questions,” he said. “The adoption fair gives prospective adoptive parents a chance to talk one-on-one with experts who can help.” 

Of the more than 6,800 children in foster care, almost 1,800 children have the goal of adoption. More than 800 of these children have had parental rights terminated, which means they are legally available for adoption and are awaiting forever families.

Grimes said children in the SNAP program may have siblings, can be older or have unique health needs.

“The greatest need of each of these children is a loving, permanent home, a place where they belong.”

Read online profiles of the children in the SNAP program at www.chfs.ky.gov/snap. Or log on to Wednesday’s Child’s home page, www.wednesdayschild.com.

For more information about foster care and adoption in Jefferson County, call (502) 595-KIDS (5437). Statewide, call SNAP at (800) 232-KIDS (5437).

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Last Updated 1/24/2011