New families celebrate National Adoption Day at Orange County Courthouse

Frederick Owens
November 19, 2017

There are hundreds of thousands of kids in our nation's foster care system. Cullman County now has 51 children waiting.

There are more than 5-thousand children available for adoption in the US and about 75 of those are right here in Wichita Falls.

-Each year, 22,000 children "age out" of the foster care system, reaching adulthood with no families or support of their own.

Jordan Harris is a foster care and adoption specialist for U.P. KIDS.

Sixteen children in Snohomish County were officially getting adopted and no longer had to wait. "We are excited to celebrate the families that are becoming complete today and encourage others to adopt".

We often have 18-year-olds tell us they still want to be adopted.

Smith talked to The Tribune about what leads children into foster care. We must stop future efforts to enact child welfare license to discriminate laws in additional states, and work to overturn those that already exist in Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Virginia, Michigan, North Dakota and South Dakota. "It's a point no doubt acknowledged by the many among us who rediscovered our parents" wisdom in our 20s.The gift of parenthood is what adoptive parents get back, and while some children needing adoptive homes face challenges such as medical conditions or behavioral problems, the Children's Home is confident it can match the right children with the right adoptive homes."You don't have to be flawless to be a ideal parent", Troutman said. We're seeing a lot of that. She says Jasper has special needs and his parents could no longer take care of him.

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He added that there is a great need for more foster parents. "I have a very near and dear place on my heart for children".

Chaney shared, "We're fortunate to live in such a tremendous community that values children".

Each year, right around the holiday season, thousands of children get the chance to find that ideal family they've always been looking for. You can't put a price on that.

"I feel like it was meant to be, and I feel like this was the path that we're both supposed to be going through".

"We got her at 4 weeks and we haven't had her continuously since then, she went back to her mom to make a go of it and we got her back after that", said Daniel.

They are about to learn they will never be separated after the hardships they have been through. "And I worked really hard for this, and I feel blessed", Quinn said. I'm privileged to know each one of you professionally and personally.

"Thanks to the children".

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