Touching Story Brings Home the Need for Adoptive Parents

This story seems to have touched a nerve around the nation. Even Oprah has tried to help the boy.

We have dozens of children whose stories are very similar. Young men or women who are quickly approaching 18 and life outside the child welfare system with no permanent home or family. They’re facing an uncertain future and they’re scared.

With National Adoption Month approaching, it is a good time to remind everyone that Hamilton County has nearly 200 children awaiting adoption. They’re all looking for someone willing to take a chance on them.

Some carry battle scars — sometimes physical, but most times emotional — from the tough lives that led them to our doorstep. Others are as normal as the children that roam your neighborhood. All of them have one thing in common: they want someone to wrap their arms around them and tell them they will love them forever.

Younger children are more likely to find a home. But our teenagers haven’t given up hope, just like the young man in the story I linked to. If you’ve been thinking about adoption, maybe that story will spur you to check out www.hckids.org and check out the photos, videos and stories of some of those teens.

You might not find the perfect child, but you might find the perfect child for you.

 

 

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Great Stories Coming Out of JFS

I hope you are following us on Facebook, Or Twitter. Or receiving our electronic newsletter.  If so, you get to read some of the great stories that come out of our agency,

I especially liked these two from the past week:

http://www.hcjfs.hamilton-co.org/UpdateNew2013/October/Story3.htm

http://www.hcjfs.hamilton-co.org/UpdateNew2013/October/Story1.htm

One is a story of a family that came together under impossible circumstances. Look at the smile on that young boy’s face!

The other tells of the great work a couple of our employees did on behalf of a consumer who was not receiving her child support.

Stories like these keep me going during trying times. I know we help so many people out there — about a half million a year in some way or another!  These stories don’t make the news, but they are very representative of the work we do.

To make sure you stay up on great stories like these, visit our website, www.hcjfs.org, and sign up for our newsletter. Also, like us on Facebook at Hamilton County (Ohio) Department of Job and Family Services or follow us on Twitter @HamiltonCoJFS