Five Children Featured on Wednesday's Child Have Been Adopted

By: Leslie Barrett Email
By: Leslie Barrett Email

In February of 2009 we introduced you to 11-year-old Jashua, who was living in foster care and waiting for a forever family.

Now nearly two years later, Jash is a member of the Simmons family.

"I like my new brothers and i like living out here where we are in the country. It's a pretty good place to be," said Jash who is now 13 years old.

Judy Simmons said that she and her husband Kenny had been interested in adopting Jash while they were adopting another child-Terry- but they couldn't adopt the two at the same time.

Once they finished the process with terry, they saw Jash on Wednesday's Child.

"My husband actually noticed there was the video on Wednesday's Child and he was so excited to see it," Judy said.

So excited , that the Simmons started the adoption process again right away and just last month the adoption was finalized.

"We have a heart for the children who are hard to place that nobody else seems to want, whether it's because of a handicap or because of their age and we just feel it's really unfair that these children are aging out because they're getting older and we're finding that a lot of these children are taken to shelters and they're homeless. They're ones that end up in prison because they have no family, they have no ties," she said.

For opening their hearts and home to these children, Senator Jay Rockefeller selected Judy and Kenny Simmons for the national Angels in Adoption Award which they recently received in Washington, D.C.

Judy said "I really hope more people will be willing to not always want the perfect baby but be willing to take a chance on these older children. It is very rewarding."

You may remember the three brothers-Kenny, Keaton, and Kody. We featured them in July of 2009. We're told a family who saw the Wednesday's Child segment has adopted them.

Pebbles, whose video aired last October, has also been adopted by a family.

For more information on adopting in West Virginia, log on to adoptawvchild.org or call 1-866-CALL-MWV.

In Ohio, you can contact your county children's services office. The number in Washington County is 740-373-3485.


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