By Kristin Rover
Clermont County Commissioners proclaimed November as Adoption Awareness Month in Clermont County during their Oct. 23 meeting.
Commissioner Ed Humphrey read the proclamation during the meeting.
“We encourage citizens, businesses and others to celebrate adoption and honor families,” Humphrey said.
Tim Dick, deputy director of Children’s Protective Services in Clermont County, received the proclamation from commissioners.
Dick said during National Adoption Awareness Month they will be spreading the word about the importance of adoption.
Dick said they currently have 365 children in foster care in Clermont County.
He said thanks to grant funds from the Dave Thomas Foundation, they have been able to work for the past two years with an adoption recruiter from Wendy’s Wonderful Kids.
“The recruiter has been very successful in identifying adoptive homes,” Dick said.
Dick said the recruiter is especially focused on children who have been in the system for a long time.
Dick talked about a 16-year-old girl who has been in the foster care system for five and a half years. He said they anticipate that she will be adopted soon after meeting with her adoptive mother.
“We certainly appreciate adoptive families,” Dick said.
Dick said this year they have found adoptive homes for 51 children in Clermont County.
Dick said this November they will be hosting their Joy of Adoption Celebration to recognize children and families.
He said there is still a great need for families who are interested in providing children with a permanent home.
“If community members are interested in adopting, they can call (513) 732-7765,” Dick said. “Thank you again for recognizing the importance of adoption in Clermont County.”
More information about adoption in Clermont County can also be found at www.clermontforkids.org.