Friday, November 16, 2018
Tarrant County Family Law Center
Finding forever families
Tarrant County, TX – Every child craves a parent or parents to love, nurture, and support them. Unfortunately, not all children are born into a family that can provide that care. So, at Tarrant County’s Adoption Day we help to make those families a reality for children that have been living in foster care. Since 2000, Tarrant County’s Adoption Day has finalized adoptions for these children, who then join their forever families just before the magical holiday season.
Tarrant County’s Adoption Day has grown from a small grass roots effort into a daylong event with community supporters and donors including Kube’s Jewelry, Tarrant County Bar Foundation, Heroic Inner Kids, ACH Child and Family Services, photographers Bo Parker and Michael Board, and numerous law firms, attorneys and other businesses. Everyone involved in the foster care system also plays a role in helping ensure the day goes smoothly with involvement from agencies including CPS, foster care agencies, CASA and its advocates, and District Attorneys and judges who volunteer their time.
In August of 2017, 29,954 children were in foster care in the state of Texas, and 8,055 were free for adoption. Of those, 4,727 children were not in a permanent placement or a placement that intended to adopt. At that time, Tarrant County had 1,155 children in foster care and 277 were free for adoption with 216 of them needing adoptive homes.
These staggering numbers show the deep need for more foster and adoptive homes. For more information you can visit www.ourcommunity-ourkids.org. If this is something you don’t feel you can do at this time, maybe you can volunteer with CASA and take time to speak up for a child in court.