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Nov. 22 proclaimed Weld County Adoption Day

Posted on 11/19/2019
Nov. 22 proclaimed Weld County Adoption Day

Every child deserves a safe, loving and permanent family. That’s the simple yet profound motivation behind the Board of Commissioners proclaiming November 22nd, 2019, as Weld County Adoption Day.

Ultimately, the Commissioners’ decision to proclaim Weld County Adoption Day was multifaceted: to raise awareness of children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted, to recognize the importance of giving children and youth safe and loving families, and to encourage individuals to make a powerful difference in the life of a child or teen through adoption.

In conjunction with National Adoption Day on November 23rd, the Weld County Department of Human Services (DHS) will hold a special celebration on Friday, November 22nd, to finalize the adoptions of 14 children and youth from the child welfare system, with the remainder of the day dedicated to finalizing private adoptions. On this memorable day, the courtroom of the Weld County Court House will be filled with stuffed animals, decorations and treats. Children can pick out their own stuffed animal and enjoy a special day dedicated to becoming an official and forever member of their family.

A large assortment of DHS staff and three adoptive families—including one family who will be adopting three children on Weld County Adoption Day—were present at the board meeting to celebrate the proclamation.

“As an adoptive father myself, I can tell you that adoption absolutely fills a child-sized hole in your heart,” said Commissioner Scott James, Coordinator for DHS. “We’re so fortunate that fourteen children will find forever families on Adoption Day, but we need more people to take our waiting youth into their hearts and into their homes.”

Currently, there are more than 40 children and youth in Weld County custody who are still waiting to be adopted. There are more than 125,000 children and youth awaiting adoption from foster care nationwide, of which 433 reside in Colorado.

So far this year, DHS has finalized 32 adoptions for children and youth from the child welfare system. This is in addition to many other local families who have adopted children privately. To help promote family stability and healthy relationships, DHS provides post-adoption support services through the Family Forever program for all families who have adopted, whether through DHS or privately, regardless of where they currently live. For more information about Family Forever post-adoption support services, please call (970) 400-6707 or email HS-PostAdoptionSupport@weldgov.com.

Many children and teens who are adopted from the child welfare system are adopted by their foster parents, at little to no cost. To learn about becoming a Weld County foster parent, please call (970) 400-6849, email fostercare@weldgov.com or visit www.weldgov.com/go/fostercare.