Foster Parenting & Adoption
A child comes to the attention of our agency by referrals from many sources. Every effort is made to work with the family to keep the child at home. However in some cases, the child must be separated from his or her family until the family can stabilize. Foster care provides children with a temporary home until the child can be safely reunited with his or her family. When a court decides children cannot safely return home, an adoptive home offers them a permanent, stable, loving family. When children are placed in foster care or adoption, care givers are responsible for meeting the children's basic needs. Foster placements and most adoptive placements are eligible for financial support from the agency to assure the needs of these children are met. Foster homes are temporary places to stay, while adoptive homes are forever. However, both must be loving and safe environments where children can learn to give and receive love, and develop to their full potential.
Many foster children and adopted children have grown to be successful citizens, parents, employees and community leaders. They have reached success because their foster and adoptive parents believed in their potential and did not give up, even when things got tough. We need parents who have faith in themselves and in children, who believe they can make a difference in a child's life, who are willing to take a chance and who are willing to learn. Parenting is a tough job. It can take a while to see the rewards, but there is nothing more satisfying than seeing those rewards. There is no other endeavor with such long lasting effects.
Wendy's Wonderful Kids
Athens County Children Services and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption are pleased to enter into a partnership through the foundation’s signature program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids. Through a grant made possible by the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services this intensive, child-focused recruitment program will help to identify permanent adoptive homes for children in Athens County and several surrounding counties in Southeast Ohio.
The Wendy’s Wonderful Kids child-focused recruitment strategy enables local agencies to hire recruiters who spend 100% of their job finding adoptive homes for waiting children. Studies have shown that the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program has positive outcomes for children over the age of 15, whose likelihood of adoption while working with a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter is 3 times higher than the state average. The same positive outcomes have also been shown for children with mental health disorders.
The seven county area that will be served by the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter includes Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Perry, and Washington counties. Southeast Ohio is the only region in the state without a large metropolitan pool of potential adoptive families from which to draw, which can make recruitment for children difficult. Additionally, five of the counties participating in the Southeast Ohio arm of the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program currently have no financial support from a levy and have been hit particularly hard by cuts in the state budget.
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