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Media Advisory: Adoption is focus of training conference; State to honor adoptive family, social worker

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, September 25, 2007  
Contact Information:  Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180 or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  

Note: This advisory is not for publication. Participants have been invited.
Reporters are welcome to attend.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2007) – The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), in conjunction with the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University and Murray State University, is sponsoring a conference this week to train adoptive families.

The “Fall in Love with Adoption” conference is planned for Friday, Sept. 28, and Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Holiday Inn Hurstborne Hotel, 1325 S. Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville.

About 120 adoptive parents are registered for the event, and reporters are invited to attend.

Scheduled speakers include Dr. Robert Morton, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and a staff physician at Kosair Children’s Hospital; Lynda Price, executive director of WLKY’s Wednesday’s Child; and George Humlong, director of the Rescource Training Program at UK’s Training Resource Center. Humlong and his wife, Janyl, are also foster and adoptive parents.

Workshop topics include attachments between parents and foster and adoptive children, effective discipline of children and the importance of state and community partnerships. 

The conference is the cabinet’s latest effort to emphasize the importance of adoption. The state’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Adoption meets monthly to review the adoption process and to identify opportunities for improvement.

Also at the conference, DCBS will honor an outstanding adoptive family and a social worker for their efforts to promote adoption.

Debbie and Vellis Hensley of Hazard have been chosen as Kentucky’s Adoptive Family of the Year, and Amanda Roberts of Maysville is the DCBS Adoption Worker of the Year.

To learn more about adoption, call (800) 928-4303. Or log on to the SNAP home page at

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Last Updated 9/25/2007