Health and Family Services Cabinet
Sixteen Jefferson County Families Celebrate Adoptions; 25 children join new families on Louisville Adoption Day
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 14, 2008) – Sixteen families grew in size and in love today when the adoptions of 25 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.
“What a difference you have made in these young lives,” he said. “By opening your hearts and your homes to these children, you are fulfilling their dreams of belonging in a loving, permanent home. Now, they have someone to call ‘family.’ ”
The celebration was part of 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) and WLKY Wednesday's Child, Inc.
Grimes said of the almost 2,000 state foster children available for adoption, about 230 live in Jefferson County.
At the reception, families received a DVD of their adoption proceedings. Children were treated to a stuffed bunny from Nestle, a camera from Wednesday’s Child, a book from AOC staff 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 and vocal community.
“Even after you adopt, several support agencies and resources can assist you,” she said. “Veteran adoptive parents step forward to become our best recruitment tool, and they are also wonderful mentors.”
For more information about adoption, log on to www.chfs.ky.gov/snap. Or call CHFS at (800) 432-9346 to request an information packet.
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