A news station based in Oklahoma, KFOR, answered this question recently when they published an article about 50 children now living in stable homes after being featured on their regular feature, “A Place To Call Home.”
They began their feature two years ago, featuring more than 130 kids who were waiting to be adopted in the state of Oklahoma. Of the kids who were featured, 34 have been adopted, and 22 others are in homes, awaiting an adoption finalization after the six-month waiting period following a placement.
This is wonderful news for the kids who have found homes. It also speaks to the effectiveness of giving kids in foster care a voice – allowing them to share their stories and express their desires for a family. I believe that seeing an actual child and hearing them say the words “all I want is a family” can help kids find families more quickly than any other method.
The Oklahoma station shared three of their success stories in this feature – following the stories of Dareis, who was adopted as a teen after spending half his life in the foster care system; Terry and Matthew, brothers who were separated by foster care but able to be adopted together; and Sarah, who loved to sing and dance but needed a family to cheer her on.