Update from the CEO
November 2013 - National Adoption Month
Many of you may have seen the press coverage of Davion, the young man in foster care from St. Petersburg, Florida who recently attended the St. Mark’s Missionary Baptist Church and shared his heart’s desire to find a family to love and embrace him as their own. "'I'll take anyone," Davion told the congregation, "Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don't care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be!"
Since his recent plea for an adoptive family, over 1,000 phone calls have been received by the local Community Based Care agency from potential adoptive parents inquiring about Davion. The widespread response to this young man’s plea to find a “forever home” reveals the potential to solve the problem of children and youth aging out of foster care without a family to call their own. It is human nature for each of us to desire a place to belong and to have a sense of connectedness to a family where unconditional love guides us throughout life’s journey. Teens in Brevard’s foster care system are no different.
In the U.S. today there are nearly 400,000 children living in foster care, many of whom are teenagers, ages 14 to 17 years and stand a lesser chance of being adopted than younger children. In fact, fewer than 10% of teens in that age range are ever adopted. In Brevard County there are approximately 35 currently available for adoption; 18 of those are 14-17 years old.
As we celebrate National Adoption Awareness and the more than 600 children in Brevard’s foster care system who have been adopted since the privatization of child welfare in 2005, I urge you to consider whether you have a place in your heart and home for a youth like Davion who, through no fault of their own, will find themselves permanently placed in a foster home unless they can find a family to call their own. Like any young adult, these youth need guidance and mentoring and the direction and support only a loving, nurturing family can provide.
I would like to thank all of our families who have opened their hearts and homes to our youth in care. You have provided a safe and caring place for our youth, whether as a foster parent for a week, a month, a year, or as an adoptive family providing “forever home” for a lifetime!
If you are interested in adoption please visit our Heart Gallery at www.adoptbrevardkids.org. There you’ll find information about becoming an adoptive family and view pictures and profiles of many of the children available for adoption in Brevard County. Take a look. It may change your life, forever!
Dr. Patricia Nellius
Chief Executive Officer