December 1, 2010 (San Diego)--On any given day, 50 to 75 foster children are waiting for permanent adoptive homes in San Diego County.
A court ceremony in November celebrated the successful adoption of many foster children locally. Those are the lucky ones. Many more children remain in need of a permanent home this holiday season.
San Diego Health and Human Services Agency’s Foster and Adoptive Resource Family Services seeks committed individuals or couples to adopt the most difficult to place children. Children over age 5, minorities, siblings, and youngsters with special medical/behavioral needs continue to wait the longest for loving homes. Costs to adopt older children are often paid for by the state.
Stories of San Diego foster children in need of permanent adoptive homes are posted online at http://www.iadoptu.org/sdc/default.aspx and at the Rivers of Hope Foundation’s “heart gallery” at www.riversofhopefoundation.com.
Children such as Chauncey and Kehala, a brother and sister who grew up in a rural area and need an adoptive home together. Kehala loves riding horses, wants to be a horse trainer someday and hopes to be adopted by a family with lots of animals. Chauncey loves drawing and dreams of having a parent who is a writer and “someone to draw with me.”
Or Salvador, an athletically gifted 8-year-old who has known a lot of rejection in his life. What he wants most in a parent is “love, so they care for me.”
Irene, a teen who loves music, wants a family who will help her fulfill her dreams of going to college and becoming a singer. But in the 14-17-year-old category, her odds of being adopted are not as high as younger children's.
Jeremiah, Tyler, Regianae & Reginald are African-American siblings ages 10, 9, 8 and 4. They love music, dancing, sports and video games. Their answers to a questionnaire posted at River of Hope’s website hints at troubled pasts, but also reveal generosity of spirits.
Jeremiah says he wants to be a doctor so he can help people. If he could change one thing in the world, he would eliminate drugs because, he reflects, “people can die.” His sister, Regianae, wishes she could “Fix homelessness and have everyone in a home.” Reginald most wants “a parent who will give us something to eat and let us do something that we ask.” Tyler, whose favorite holiday memory is of Christmas, wants to wants “to help kids” when he grows up.
For more information on adopting these or other children in San Diego County, please visit http://www.iadoptu.org/sdc/default.aspx.