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This week’s guest is Veronica Jordan Sears, Adoption Services Branch manager in the Department for Community Based Services. Among her many duties, work with adoptions is especially rewarding, she said.

November is National Adoption Month. Currently, 3,141 children are in out-of-home care in Kentucky. Of the more than 600 children currently awaiting adoption, approximately 425 are 13 and older. This year’s National Adoption Month focuses on teens.

You don’t have to be married or have the perfect family to adopt. Qualifications include being at least 21 years old, completing required training, a successful home study and background check, sufficient income and overall good health. You can learn more about adoption at the Adopt KY website.

After 30 years with the Cabinet, I’m well aware that working in foster care and adoption can be discouraging. That’s one reason confidential support services are offered through the Kentucky Employee Assistance Program (KEAP). When things get hard, remember the joy that comes from helping someone else and take advantage of the assistance available from KEAP. Let’s be kind to each other, especially as we approach the holidays. I can never say often enough how grateful I am for frontline workers and the help they provide vulnerable children in the commonwealth.
Sec. Eric Friedlander

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