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Families Can Talk to Experts at Louisville Adoption Fair; Free event Jan. 27 features almost 20 agencies

Press Release Date:  Thursday, January 24, 2008  
Contact Information:  Media contacts: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180 or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 24, 2008) – Families can learn more about adoption this month at the 2008 Louisville Adoption Fair.

The free event is scheduled for 1- 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Holiday Inn Louisville-Downtown, 120 W. Broadway and is sponsored by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), WLKY Wednesday’s Child and local adoption agencies.

Parents can attend workshops and speak to staff from almost 20 area agencies that provide home studies and placements for infant, domestic, international and older child adoptions. Resource agencies that offer support to adoptive families will also be present.

Workshops will address adoption basics, international adoption and adopting older children. No registration is required.

Karen McKiernan, an adoption recruiter for the cabinet’s Jefferson County office and a regional contact for its Special Needs Adoption Program (SNAP), said organizers expect about 300 prospective parents from across the state.

“We like to offer a ‘one-stop’ place to get information or ask questions about all aspects of adoption,” she said. “Parents who are ready to make the commitment can take the first step of this rewarding journey.”  

This year, the event was moved downtown from the University of Louisville’s Shelby Campus.

“We’re at a more central location this year, so we think it will be easier for people from out of town to attend,” McKiernan said. 

McKiernan said that 501 children in the state foster care system are waiting for adoptive homes.

“The children in our SNAP program may have siblings, be older or have unique health needs,” she said. “One thing they have in common is they all need to be loved in a permanent home.”

For more information about foster care and adoption in Jefferson County, call (502) 595-5437. Statewide, call SNAP at (800) 928-4303. Log on to the SNAP home page at; or Wednesday’s Child’s home page,

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Last Updated 1/24/2008