Health and Family Services Cabinet
Twenty-seven Jefferson Families Celebrate Adoptions; 38 children join new families on Louisville Adoption Day
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 5, 2010) – Twenty-seven 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).
Mike Grimes, manager of the Adoption Services Branch in CHFS’ Department for Community Based Services, congratulated the families and called the parents outstanding advocates for children.
“Today is a wonderful celebration of the final step that formalizes these ‘forever families,’ ” he said. “Thanks to you inspiring parents, these children have a place to belong.”
The celebration was part of November’s 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 that of the more than 6,900 children in state out-of-home care, more than 1,800 children have the goal of adoption. Nearly 800 children have had their parental rights terminated, which means they have no identified family available to care for them and are awaiting adoption.
At the reception, families received a DVD of their adoption proceedings. Children were treated to a certificate for 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 children; to build collaboration among local adoption agencies and organizations; and to communicate the availability and need for post-adoptive services.
Grimes said parents who decide to adopt are courageous for their commitment to children.
“Making the decision can be difficult,” he said. “But every family becomes part of this strong, supportive community. There is always someone to talk to or a place to find answers.”
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. Or call CHFS at (800) 232-KIDS to request an information packet.
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