May's Wednesday's Child

By: Leslie Barrett Email
By: Leslie Barrett Email

Last May we introduced you to lovable 11 year old Greg who had been living in foster care.

"I do well in school to make my grandma proud," he said.

He wanted more than anything to be part of a forever family and now his dream is becoming a reality.

"He's very excited to be matched with or placed with a mother and to have a mom in his family," said WVDHHR Region 1 Adoption Specialist Andrea Salatino.

Through pre-placement visits, the family and Greg have discovered they have a lot in common.

"They've really connected with one another," Salatino said.

Now Greg is beginning the next phase of the adoption process.

He will live with the family but the state will stay in close contact to make sure it's a successful transition for Greg and the family.

Salatino said "Once a child is placed with a family there is a six month adoption period where they need to be with the family before everything is finalized."

Salatino said the Wednesday's Child segment has been a bonus to the process.

"She saw it on the web site. We referred her to the web site and so that she could see Greg in action- talking, eating and playing - and really enjoyed watching him and I think she even saw that before she met him so it really brought him to life, to be able to see him in addition to everything that she had read about him."

Now this boy is one step closer to being part of a family's team.

For more information on adopting children in foster care got to 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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