Health and Family Services Cabinet
Twenty-three Louisville Families Celebrate Adoptions; 33 children become part of ‘forever families’ on ‘Adoption Day’

Press Release Date:  Friday, November 30, 2007  
Contact Information:  Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180; Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042; or Jim Birmingham, (502) 595 4392  


   
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 30, 2007) – Twenty-three families grew today when the adoptions of 33 children were finalized as part of Louisville Adoption Day.

A reception and celebration for the families followed the proceedings in Jefferson Family Court.

Jackie Stamps, deputy commissioner of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ (CHFS) Department for Community Based Services, told the families and children gathered that today is the beginning of their “forever families.”

“Your families have become whole, not only as a matter of choice, but also because of a growing love,” she said. “The adoptive parents here today have made a world of difference for their children, and we honor you. You are heroes to your sons and daughters, and to the state’s service providers as well. We thank you for opening your homes and your hearts to these beautiful children.”

Most of the adoptees were part of CHFS’ Special Needs Adoption Program (SNAP) and first entered their new homes as foster children in the state’s care.

At the reception, families were treated to La Vida Java coffee, a Kroger cake and a Wendy’s lunch from sponsor Bridgeman Foods. Children received gifts donated from the Women Lawyers Association. 

Other sponsors of the celebration include the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Jefferson County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, Adoption Support for Kentucky (ASK) and WLKY Channel 32 Wednesday's Child.

November is Adoption Awareness Month in Kentucky, as proclaimed by Governor Ernie Fletcher.

In 2004, Chief Justice Joseph Lambert challenged Kentucky family courts to hold a statewide adoption day to finalize as many adoptions as possible and raise awareness about children in foster care.

Other goals of Adoption Day are to encourage others to adopt and foster, to build collaboration among local adoption agencies and organizations and to communicate the availability and need for post-adoptive services.

Of the more than 7,200 children in the state’s out-of-home care, almost 2,000 have the goal of adoption. More than 380 of those live in Jefferson County.

Stamps said parents who commit to adoption are part of a collaborative effort.

“Even after you adopt, several support agencies and resources can assist you,” she said. “Veteran adoptive parents are not only our best recruitment tool, but they are also wonderful mentors.” 

For more information about adoption, log on to www.chfs.ky.gov/snap. Or call CHFS at (800) 432-9346 to request an information packet.

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