November is National Adoption Month
and organizations in Nacogdoches are doing their part in helping kids in need
26 families gathered at the New Hope
Congregational Methodist Church in Nacogdoches to spend time with 32 children
in need of a home.
"The idea is we get the families
together and let them play with and see children that are available to see if
there is someone they'd be interested in adopting," said Ginny Judson,
The Fredonia Hill Rotary Club partnered with
Child Protective Services to host the county's first adoption matching event.
CPS permanency practitioner Ginny Judson says many of the children don't
have biological families that can take care of them and this is an opportunity
for families looking to adopt to get to know the children.
"They can come out and throw a
ball around or hangout with a kid and see that exciting personality and that
zest for life and the potential that they have, they might get a better idea if
whether that child will fit into that family," said Judson.
Rotary clubs across Texas are hosting similar
adoption matching events and officials are hoping Saturday's party will help
adopting parents find the right addition to their family.
"They've had really good success
about 70- 80 percent of the children have been adopted when they've had these
kinds of parties so this is a way to facilitate that meeting, that relationship
that contact," said Claire Robbins, Fredonia Rotary Club, President.
Officials say finding families for these
children will give their lives a positive direction.
"When they age out of foster care they
have very high rates of homelessness, they have very high rates of imprisonment
and drug use because they just don't have anyone to turn to. A home is
critical, we believe in CPS that a child deserves a life-long connection to a
family," said Judson.
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