November is National Adoption Month.
Kids and teens need homes more than ever during pandemic.
October 26, 2020 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s (DABSJ) will mark National Adoption Month in November with a free virtual orientation to learn about adopting older children and adopting through foster care.
Right now we have around 48 children and teens waiting for a family in West Michigan. “There are many misconception about adopting older children,” said Adoption Program Manager, Joy Engelsman. “One of those misconceptions is how much it costs. But what many don’t know is that if you adopt a child who is three or older through foster care there is no cost. In addition, at DABSJ we accept all families, regardless of marital status, family dynamic or sexual orientation, ALL families are welcome at DABSJ she continued.”
It is also important to note that our agency focuses on domestic adoption right here in our community. We do not have international or refugee adoption programs.
“Many of the kids who are waiting for a family have experienced some type of trauma or abuse, and now they are dealing with the effects of a global pandemic. These kids need our help now more than ever,” said Katy Buck, Director of Communications at DABSJ. “Being matched with a foster or adoptive family will help these kids experience the childhood they deserve.”
One of our greatest needs is having enough foster or adoptive parents to provide homes for the children that need our help. As the number of children who come into our care increases, the need for foster parents increases too.
How to help?
A free virtual orientation will take place on November 9 at 6pm. Those who are interested can RSVP thru this link https://dabsj.org/event/foster-care-information-meeting-nov9
D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s is a Grand Rapids based nonprofit agency providing comprehensive services to children and families, including foster care, adoption, family preservation, and children's residential treatment. To learn more visit dabsj.org.