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KVC Matches 50+ Kansas Children with Forever Families During National Adoption Month

Judges will open their courtrooms and KVC Kansas will help facilitate the adoption finalizations of more than fifty Kansas children in the eastern half of the state on or near National Adoption Day, which is November 22.

National Adoption Day aims to raise awareness of more than 100,000 U.S. children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families. In Kansas, there are nearly 400 children who need a forever family. The profiles of waiting children served by KVC Kansas can be viewed online at http://adoption.kvc.org. The profiles include photos, bios and, in some cases, videos.

 

View adoption finalization event dates and locations at this Google map (click image)

View adoption event dates and locations using this Google map

 

KVC Kansas, a nonprofit child welfare and behavioral healthcare organization, has matched more than 2,500 children with adoptive families. The agency is also building a new Child and Family Institute in Olathe, Kan. which will include a high-tech Interactive Adoption Center.

Media representatives are invited to observe adoption finalizations and potentially interview adoptive families in the following cities (view this Google Map):

These two events will include a press conference for media and a balloon release for families.

  • KANSAS CITY – 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21
    Wyandotte County Courthouse (100 N. 7th St.)
    Approximately 10-15 children’s adoptions will be finalized.
  • TOPEKA – 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22
    Shawnee County Courthouse (200 SE 7th St.)
    Approximately 10-15 children’s adoptions will be finalized.

All other locations:

  • LAWRENCE – 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17
    Douglas County Courthouse (111 E. 11th St.)
    Approximately 2 children’s adoptions will be finalized.
  • HIAWATHA – 9:00 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 17
    Brown County Courthouse (601 Oregon St.)
    Approximately 3 children’s adoptions will be finalized.
  • PARSONS – Time TBD on Tuesday, Nov. 18
    Labette County District Court (201 S. Central)
    Approximately 1 child’s adoption will be finalized.
  • GIRARD (NEAR PITTSBURG) – 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20
    Crawford County District Court (111 E. Forest St., Girard)
    Approximately 1 child’s adoption will be finalized.
  • COFFEYVILLE – 9:00 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 21
    Montgomery County Courthouse (217 E. Myrtle)
    Approximately 3 children’s adoptions will be finalized.
  • OLATHE – 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22
    Johnson County Courthouse (100 N. Kansas Ave.)
    Approximately 10-15 children’s adoptions will be finalized.

In Kansas last year, there were 35,551 reports of child abuse and neglect. Currently there are:

  • 6,167 children in foster care
  • 390 children waiting to be adopted. The greatest number of children in need of adoption are children nine years and older, members of a sibling group, and children with significant physical, medical or emotional needs.

“We are thankful for the families that step up to the plate to become a permanent, loving family for children who have experienced abuse and neglect.” – Chad Anderson, President of KVC Kansas

“National Adoption Day is one of the most joyful days of the year,” said Chad E. Anderson, President of KVC Kansas. “For the adoptive parents, for KVC staff, and especially for the children, it is the culmination of a lot of hoping, waiting and hard work. We are thankful for the families that step up to the plate to become a permanent, loving family for children who have experienced abuse and neglect. We’re also thankful to the judges throughout Kansas who bring attention to the need for more adoptive families.”

To learn more, visit http://kansas.kvc.org or contact Jenny Kutz at (913) 322-4994. You can also view a Google Map listing each of the adoption finalization dates and locations.

 

About KVC Kansas
KVC Kansas is a private, nonprofit child welfare and behavioral healthcare organization. As the contractor for the Kansas Department for Children and Families’ (DCF) Eastern regions, KVC is responsible for 50% of all children and families in the Kansas child welfare system. Services include case management, foster care, adoption, family preservation and aftercare. KVC has the nation’s longest track record of providing foster care case management, among all private organizations. In its 44 year history, KVC has grown from a single home for boys in Kansas City, Kan. to a national organization touching the lives of more than 50,000 people each year. Learn more at http://kansas.kvc.org.