National Adoption Day on Saturday


ON SATURDAY, HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN ACROSS THE COUNTRY WILL BE FIND THEIR FOREVER HOME AS PART OF NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY. THAT’S INCLUDING A NUMBER OF LITTLE ONES RIGHT HERE IN DOUGLAS AND POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTIES. JENNA JAYNES JOINS US NOW WITH WHY THERE’S A FULL DAY SET ASIDE FOR THESE CASES. DAVE, SERESE, NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY STARTED IN 2000, WHEN IT BECAME CLEAR THAT EVEN WHEN CHILDREN FOUND A PERMANENT HOME– THE ADOPTION ITSELF MIGHT BE DELAYED BECAUSE OF MORE PRESSING CASES. AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBERS– YOU’LL SEE WHY THEY NEEDED THIS DAY. RIGHT NOW THERE ARE ALMOST 400 THOUSAND CHILDREN UNDER 18 UP FOR ADOPTION IN THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM. IN NEBRASKA– THERE’S OVER 6 THOUSAND IN FOSTER CARE AND 913 ARE WAITING FOR ADOPTIVE FAMILIES. MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, THOSE WAITING ARE OLDER, BETWEEN THE AGES OF 15 TO 18. FRANK FAUST/ADOPTED HIS SON: “THERE’S STILL SO MANY OF THEM OUT THERE THAT NEED HOMES AND WANT A MOM AND DAD AND MOST OF THEM GET STUCK IN THE SYSTEM THEIR WHOLE LIVES OR THEY DON’T EVER G ET ADOPTED AND FEEL LIEK THEY HAVE THEIR OWN HOME OR PLACE.” FAUST SUGGESTS THAT ANY FAMILIES INTERESTED IN ADOPTION GO THROUGH CLASSES AND REALLY TEST THE WATERS BEFORE MAKING ANYTHING PERMANENT. DAVE SERESE? JENNA, DID THEY GIVE YOU ANY SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO KNOW IF ADOPTION IS RIGHT FOR YOU? FAUST SUGGESTED EASING INTO IT WITH RESPITE CARE. THAT’S WHERE YOU PROVIDE SHORT-TERM CARE TO A FOSTER FAMILY THAT MAY BE IN NEED OF TEMPORARY RELIEF. THAT SHOULD HELP FAMILIES DECIDE IF ADOPTION IS THEIR PATH

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