Health and Family Services Cabinet
Louisville Adoption Fair is Feb. 5; Prospective parents can learn from placing, support experts
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 30, 2006) – Families interested in adoption can learn from the experts representing 15 adoption agencies and support groups this weekend at the Louisville Adoption Fair.
The event will be from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5, at the University of Louisville’s Shelby Campus, 9001 Shelbyville Road. Activities will be in the Founders Union Building.
The fair is sponsored by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, WLKY-TV Wednesday’s Child, Inc.; and several local adoption agencies that provide home studies for domestic, international, infant and older children adoptive placements. Agencies that offer support to adoptive families will also be on hand.
Karen McKiernan, an adoption recruiter for the cabinet’s Jefferson County office and a regional contact for its Special Needs Adoption Program (SNAP), said organizers expect about 300 people from across the state.
“It’s natural to have a lot of questions about such a life-changing decision, and this event gives parents the answers they need,” she said.
The event is free, and no registration is required.
McKiernan said the state is caring for more than 400 children waiting for adoption, and at least 100 are from Jefferson County.
“These are the kids with no adoption plans in place, no foster parents or relatives with intention to adopt,” she said. Many of the children are older, are part of a sibling group or may have unique health needs.
McKiernan said the cabinet takes great effort to help families prepare to adopt.
“The most important need a child has is for love,” McKiernan said. “It doesn’t take a perfect family to fulfill that need, just a caring one.”
Parents visiting the fair can also learn about private adoption.
Workshops will be offered at 1:15 p.m. and 3 p.m. Topics include special needs adoptions, how to adopt internationally and “Adoption 101” -- a primer for parents just beginning the process.
Besides the cabinet and WLKY Wednesday’s Child, agencies scheduled to participate include the following: A Helping Hand; Access Adoptions Inc.; Adopt! Inc.; Adoption and Homestudy Specialists; Adoption Assistance, Inc.; Adoption Support for Kentucky; Adoptions of Kentucky; Catholic Charities; Families Thru International Adoption; Jewish Family and Vocational Service; Kentucky Adoption Services; Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children; and St. Elizabeth Regional Maternity Center.
Adoption and Home Study Specialists will sell adoption-related books from Barnes and Noble.
For more information about foster care and adoption in Jefferson County, call (502) 595-5437. Statewide, call SNAP at (800) 928-4303. Or log onto the SNAP home page at www.chfs.ky.gov/snap; or Wednesday’s Child’s home page, www.wednesdayschild.com.
Directions to University of Louisville’s Shelby Campus
Here are driving directions to U of L’s Shelby Campus, 9001 Shelbyville Road, in Louisville:
Drive I-64 west into Louisville to the Jeffersontown/Middletown exit 15, which is Hurstbourne Lane (State Road 1727). At the end of the ramp, turn right toward Middletown. Drive Hurstbourne to U.S. 60 (Shelbyville Road) which is approximately one mile. Turn left onto U.S. 60. Shelby Campus is on your right just past the first red light.
Drive I-65 north into Louisville to I-264 east (Watterson Expressway). Go approximately 6 miles to U.S. 60 (Shelbyville Road) at the St. Matthews/Middletown exit (which is just past the I-64 interchange). Go east toward Middletown for approximately one mile through a commercial, and then residential, area. Shelby Campus will be on your left.
Drive I-71 south into Louisville to I-264 west (Watterson Expressway). Go approximately two miles to U.S. 60 (Shelbyville Road) at the St. Matthews/Middletown exit. Go east toward Middletown for approximately one mile through a commercial, and then residential, area. Shelby Campus will be on your left.
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