by William Crum
The KVC did a major kickoff at the Wyandotte County Courthouse on North 7th Street in Kansas City, Kan., where recently adopted children with their parents released balloons in honor of National Adoption Month.
Since 2005 they have had 2,376 adoptions and 390 still waiting to be adopted in Kansas.
In Kansas last year there were 35,551 reports of child abuse and neglect. There are 6,167 children in foster care and 390 children are waiting to be adopted. The greatest adoption needs are for children 9 years and older, members of a sibling group, and children with significant physical, medial or emotional needs.
“National Adoption Day is one of the most joyful days of the year,” said Chad Anderson, president of KVC Kansas. “For the adopted parents, for KVC staff and especially for the children, 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 and thankful to the judges throughout Kansas who bring attention to the need for more adoptive families.”
KVC Kansas is a private, nonprofit child welfare and behavioral health care organization. The organization offers one the nation’s broadest continuums of care, and has provided foster care case management longer than any other private organization in the United States. KVC is responsible for the care of all children served by the Kansas Department for Children and Families in two regions, representing 30 countries and more of all children in the child welfare system (3000 plus). 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.