In Kentucky, approximately 7,355 children live in some type of foster care setting. Many have spent most of their lives in this "temporary" situation, and have moved within the child welfare system more times than they care to remember. 26% of these children will never return to their birth families. Sadly, 128 children and youth in the Barren River Region are living in foster care who could be adopted.
These are very real children who desperately need families of their own. Because the public is so often unaware of these kids and their needs, we would like to draw special attention to waiting children during National Adoption Awareness Month in the hope that we can unite many of these young people with permanent, adoptive parents.
The typical child who has been freed for adoption is at least nine years old, moves three or more times in foster care, may have been separated from siblings, and will wait five years or more to be adopted. Tragically, many will never be adopted and will leave the system at age 18, going into society without the support of a family. Advocates from organizations such as the Family Enrichment Center-Adoption Resource Program are working to prove that there is no such thing as an unadoptable child.
Those who are thinking about adoption should know that adoption has changed significantly over the past 30 years. You don't have to be married, childless, rich, or own a house to adopt. You DO have to provide a stable, loving home, and be able to help your adopted child work through issues raised by his or her past.
The Family Enrichment Center believes everyone can make a difference – either by adopting a child from foster care or by supporting the work of agencies finding forever families for waiting children.
On Friday, November 1, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., local government officials will proclaim November as Adoption Awareness Month at Fountain Square Park. In the event of inclement weather, the signing will be at City Hall on College Street.
For more information about adopting a waiting child, call C. Denise Lambrianou, Program Coordinator, at (270) 842-9032 or (866) 842-9032.