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Many children waiting for their ‘forever families’

I applaud The News for its Nov. 12 article, “Seeking ‘forever families’ for foster kids,” which raised awareness during National Adoption Month and celebrated heartwarming stories like the Cantanese and Fryling families. Our organization, Hillside Family of Agencies, is one of the agencies contacted by the county to provide foster care services for the many children in our community in need of a forever family.

At Hillside, we are passionate about permanency. It is deeply fulfilling to bring a child into a family that will help him/her heal and feel forever loved, to help families grow through adoption and to help children feel safe, secure and empowered.

We are deeply moved by the number of children who tell us they want someone to love them, kiss them good night, tuck them into bed and keep them safe forever. They often ask us, “Did you find me a family yet?” For each child we help to find a forever family, we are reminded of the great work we do, giving children a chance to reach their full potential.

When children are connected with families willing to make a lifelong commitment, they learn to feel safe and develop positive attachments, relationships and an overall healthy well-being. Long-term outcomes are significantly more positive for youth who are adopted than for those who “age out” of the system or remain in foster care or orphanages around the world.

National Adoption Month is a time to help us commit to ensuring every child is given the sustaining love of family, the assurance of a permanent home and the supportive upbringing all children deserve. Now, more than ever, there is a great need for families in our community to consider adoption.

Karen Sylvester

Executive Director, Hillside

Children’s Center, Western Region