November 19, 2016
Finding Families to Adopt Children with Special Needs
By: Teresa Stivers, CEO, Walden Family Services
Imagine you are a young child in foster care. Now imagine that you are a foster child with epilepsy, autism, asthma or other chronic health condition who is awaiting adoption.
Nearly 50% of children in foster care have special needs, so finding a family who believes that every child deserves a loving family and a home is critical.
“I had always wanted to foster and adopt children with disabilities and special needs,” said Jera, a former nurse. “When a friend referred me to Walden Family Services, I was surprised to learn that so many children in the foster care system need homes.”
Today, Walden celebrates National Adoption Day to raise awareness of the children in foster care who need families and to honor families who adopt children from foster care.
After completing foster parent training, Jera began caring for Annie, a little girl born with disabilities that impaired her speech, hearing, vision and mobility.
Today, Annie is thriving. With the help of Jera and a variety of medical specialists, Annie can now see and hear. She can race down Walden’s hallway in her wheelchair when she comes to visit. She speaks and uses an iPad to communicate, but she doesn’t need any help to cause mischief with her brother and sister who Jera adopted last year.
With your help, this year nearly 300 foster children—many who have developmental disabilities and complex medical needs—found the love and support they need to thrive in specially trained Walden foster and adoptive families.
Join us in celebrating today as National Adoption Day. Find out about how you can foster or adopt. Like our Facebook page. Or go online and make a donation in honor of all the children who found loving families through adoption!