Shelby County's 1st National Adoption Day Honors Two Families - November 18, 2014
Composed by J.J. Ford
In honor of Shelby County's 1st National Adoption Day, two families became whole when Judge "Brick" Dickerson with the 123rd Judicial District Court finalized the adoption process for them.
Adoption Day in Shelby County was held Friday, November 14th and the Rainbow Room hosted a reception to celebrate the joyous occasion. Kelli Slaga, Adoptive Supervisor for Child Protective Services for Region 5, said, "November is National Adoption Month and throughout the United States, every year in November, November 22nd, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, they consummate thousands of adoptions across the United States. So, [Child Protective Services for Region 5] expect about 5,000 adoptions this year in November."
Slaga continued, "We try to work with the dockets and every November we hold adoption days. So, this is Shelby County's first Adoption Day this year and hopefully we can continue this and have the Shelby County National Adoption Day every year."
Slaga explained the importance of the November National Adoption campaign, "It's important to raise awareness, that we hold these National Adoption Days and raise awareness of the children in foster care that age out. There is around 22,000 a year in foster care that age out."
Many youth age out of foster care at 18 years of age. Slaga commented on youth who age out of the system, "They have no family, no support, and no one to call their family. So, we really work very hard to raise awareness and let everyone know that there are so many children out there that need to be adopted, they need a permanent family."
Three foster children became part of permanent families during Shelby County's Adoption Day. The Ramsey Family was Nathan and Hannah and their son Tristan. They are now Nathan, Hannah, Tristan, and Jordan. The Richardson Family was Dwane, Dianna, Brook, and Kylee. They are now Dwane, Dianna, Brook, Kylee, Kody, and Bentley Richardson.
The Rainbow Room volunteers ended the reception by presenting the children with presents.
Left to Right: The Richardson Family - Kylee, Dianna holding Kody, Brook, and Dwane holding Bentley.
Left to Right: The Ramsey Family - Nathan, Hannah holding Jordan, and (standing in front) Tristan