Friday, November 14, 2008

Everyone Should Get To See . . .

. . . what I saw today.

As part of National Adoption Month, I was invited to witness seven adoptions by foster parents of kids in our County. And it was an amazing and moving event.

These were kids from the ages of 1 to 17, including two sets of siblings, who were in foster care due to abuse or neglect. And today, the foster parents who had initially stepped up to take them in at a difficult time formally welcomed them into their families as permanent adoptees.

As Probate Judge Cissell approved each adoption one at time, the warmth, love and joy in that room was palpable. And from a broader community level, the event is equally meaningful. Each of those adoptions creates a stable, loving home for a child who otherwise would face obstacle after obstacle in trying to make it in this challenging world. Needless to say, no program, no amount of money, no other solution we could come up with, will come anywhere close to the impact that today's adoptions will have on the future success of these children.

Unfortunately, there are many more who need the same help--but today was for celebrating the success stories.

The Enquirer provided a nice preview for this event here:

And a good story, with even more photos, here:

Thank you to Judge Cissell, our JFS social workers, and most importantly, the incredible adoptive parents I met today, for today's wonderful coming together.


Anonymous said...

this is tremendous. Thanks for reporting. These parents are unbelievable in their sacrifices and these workers are some of the best in the county. Good luck to all these families.

margo said...

This is wonderful, thank you for sharing.

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