Families across across the country will finalize their adoption of a child, teenager or sibling group from foster care either on or near National Adoption Day, November 19. Following tradition, many judges open their courthouse on that Saturday before Thanksgiving to complete adoptions and bring smiles to the faces of children and adults alike. In total this November, nonprofit KVC West Virginia is helping to facilitate the adoptions of 3 children.
More than 100,000 U.S. children in foster care are waiting to find permanent, loving families. KVC West Virginia has offered adoption services since 2012. Adoptive families provide a safe and nurturing home for children who cannot safely return to their birth family. Most children who are adopted through KVC are adopted by their foster parents or a relative who has been providing care.
One happy story is that of Bob, a 17-year-old who was in foster care and wondered if he was “too old to be adopted.” Thanks to a video shared on social media that showed his easygoing personality and his desire for a family, his story reached the perfect couple. Jerry Gross and Keira Jones responded immediately and Bob became a permanent part of their family this fall. Watch Bob’s touching story here.