This year's guest speaker is Sean Kirst. Social workers say they hope more families will open their hearts and homes to these children. The Department of Children and Family Services say they oversee more than 400 adoptions each year.
The 4-year-old was delighted to finally be part of the family that already had adopted his older brother, DaKyrian Givens, 7, and sister, Ahnesty Shurme, 12. Twenty-five percent of the over 427,000 children in the foster care system are eligible for adoption, but every year, thousands of children remain in the system awaiting a forever home.
It was also a happy day for the Olt family from New Rochelle.
Probate Court Judge Miriam Cavanaugh along with Michigan Supreme Court Justice Brian Zahra will join Livingston County families as they celebrate the Thanksgiving season by welcoming new members to their families.
The Rhode Island Family Court finalized 21 adoptions with 15 different families Saturday at their 14th Annual National Adoption Day.
Six families had their adoptions of 9 children formalized at the Union County courthouse in Elizabeth, and two other families joined to celebrate their adoptions of two kids earlier in 2017. Unsurprisingly, aging out of the foster care system without a family to fall back on comes with a heightened risk of a number of negative outcomes for youth in care, including failing to complete high school, increased involvement with the criminal justice system, unemployment, homelessness, and being trafficked.
It's a journey that's often long and tiring, but rewarding.
They are about to learn they will never be separated after the hardships they have been through. These families don't have to be wealthy, have big homes, or to even be married. But she always remembers the advice of a previous adoptive parent who said she would turn to her adoptive children for clarity. These adoptive families must be willing to help their adoptive children recover from and overcome the effects of the trauma they have endured.
He added that there is a great need for more foster parents. "We need more foster parents". With our partners in the private sector, we work hard to find the right fit, the right family to foster and sometimes adopt our children.