Wednesday's Child

By: Denise Alex
By: Denise Alex

It seems like every month has a special designation.

This month is being recognized as National Foster Care Month.

Instead of meeting a child up for adoption, this month you'll hear from the coordinator who sets me up with great kids to showcase every month.

There are 518,000 children in foster care.

There are 170,000 licensed foster care home.

Too many kids are growing up with not enough parents.

"A lot of people say i can't give up children. You don't give them up you love them, nurture them, the child is better equipped."

Laura Lou Harbert is the state's adoption specialist.

Where you see me interview and interact with children up for adoption, you usually see Laura Lou.

She promotes these kids through the internet, the Heart Gallery which is the picture display that travels the state.

Word of mouth and of course our monthly Wednesday's Child series are other ways of finding potential homes for these guys and gals.

"The last five years averaged 350 adoptions a year in West Virginia. 100 children are on the internet at any time," says Harbert.

Once a family is hooked on a child and is ready to make that life changing decision, like any process, they'll have some red tape to get through.

"They have to take training, have to have done a home study, criminal investigation, background check."

Then you are pretty much home free!

For more information on children up for adoption in West Virginia log onto www.adopt-a-wv-child-org.

If you want to find out more by phone call 1-866-call-mwv.

And finally, if you're interested in adoption in Ohio, you can call your county children's services office.

That number in Washington County is 740-373-3485.

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