National Adoption Day: A new vision of family

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Smiles all around as DeKalb County Judge LaTisha Dear Jackson and Attorney Cheryl D. Kelly celebrate grandfamily after completing a successful Grandparent adoption.

Smiles all around as DeKalb County Judge LaTisha Dear Jackson and Attorney Cheryl D. Kelly
celebrate “grandfamily” after completing a successful Grandparent adoption.

Think of how much it would mean to a foster child to have the prospect of a forever family.

For many children waiting for a permanent home, their only hope is to acquire a loving family through adoption. Due to no fault of their own, these children face a life without the love and guidance of responsible parents after being removed from the home by the state (due to abuse or neglect) or having parents voluntarily give up custody.

Across the United States, the number of children in foster care has increased over the past six year. Statistics from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) indicate that more than 400,000 children are in foster care in the US. Of that number more than 114,000 will not be able to return to their families and are awaiting adoption.

Zooming in closer to home, we find that foster care in Georgia mirrors the national numbers in terms of the increase in the number of children. According to fostercare.org, there are more than 14,000 children in foster care in the state. Among these children over half are over 6 years old or older, males outnumber females and African American children are disproportionately represented.

Now imagine a vision of parenthood that includes you and a child by adoption.

That would be the fulfillment of National Adoption Day observed this year on Saturday, November 23, 2019. National Adoption Day was inspired by the efforts of presiding former Judge Michael Nash of the Los Angeles County Juvenile Court. Judge Nash, with the support of volunteer court personnel, opened the court on Saturdays to finalize adoption, reducing the backlog of children in foster care. About the year 2000, a coalition of national partners joined forces encouraging nine cities to open their courts around the Saturday before Thanksgiving to finalize and celebrate adoptions from foster care. That’s when National Adoption Day was born.

Nearly twenty years later, states and nonprofit partners have expanded their reach with services to support adoption across the country such as AdoptUSKids (a photo-listing tool for connecting foster and adoptive families) and Wednesday’s Child ( a media based tool that heightens adoption awareness and features waiting children). You can read all about these and link to their websites through the state of Georgia website It’s My Turn Now Georgia which publicizes the need for permanent homes for Georgia’s foster children.

Not always possible, but sometimes, the loving home that a child needs is as close as their next of kin: a grandparent. According to the Centers for Disease Control, some 2.6 million children are being raised by grandparents with that number increasing due to the opioid crisis. In response to this growing need, in March 2018, the United States Senate passed “The Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act” which created a federal task force to help grandparents with the challenges of parenting grandchildren.

When grandparents make it official through adoption, kids benefit from the stability created by their new family unit referred to as “grandfamily”. Whether or not adoption is right in any given grandparent situation depends on personal and family circumstances. Sound legal advice can help determine whether successful Grandparent adoption may be in your future.

At C. Kelly Law, LLC we take our role as family adoption advocate both personally and seriously because we believe in the vision of family by adoption. Aligning ourselves with the solution, we are well-versed in Georgia adoption law and will work exhaustively to help you complete a new vision of family.

Happy National Adoption Day: November 23, 2019 and November 2019 Adoption Awareness Month in Georgia!


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