“There are 122,000 children in foster care across the United States. In Ohio, there are about 16,000 in foster care with more than 3,000 waiting to be adopted.
Wednesday was a special day for Lisa and Randy Jarrell.
“We’re adopting Oliver,” said Lisa Jarrell, of her adoption.
Oliver brings the Jarrell family child count to twelve, and he is the 6th adoption for the family. Mom and Dad said many of their children are grown, and once they started fostering, they couldn’t stop! They have fostered Oliver for nearly 2.5 years.
“We’re definitely a lot busier, tired, but really happy,” said Lisa. “It’s been great.”
November is National Adoption Month and November 20 is National Adoption Day. Wednesday, six children went home to their forever families as part of a National Adoption Day event through Franklin County Children Services.
“It’s just an incredible way to create or extend a family,” said Rita Soronen, President/CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. “This is a day that we take an opportunity to elevate the conversation about all adoptions, but particularly foster care adoptions, and make it a day of celebration.”
Rita Soronen, President and CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, said national adoption day has been going on for more than 20 years, helping more than 75,000 children get adopted….”
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