WILKES-BARRE – Amanda Sevison, Wendy's Wonderful Kids recruiter at Children's Service Center of Wyoming Valley, said Saturday's fourth annual Adoption Appreciation Day at the center was an opportunity to celebrate adoption. The event afforded adoptive families the opportunity to socialize and share information with each other.
We want to both say a big thank you to those families that have adopted and encourage others to consider adopting, said Sevison.
The center provides 24 hours of training and home studies for those interested in adoption. They work with county Children & Youth Services to match available children with appropriate adoptive families.
Denise and Victor, Trucksville, who did not want their last name used, have completed CSC's training and are looking forward to adoption.
We hope to perhaps adopt older siblings, said Victor, as an older couple we believed that we have moved from being ‘selfish' to ‘selfless' and we look forward to sharing our lives with children.
Victor lauded the agency for being thorough in its preparation of potential parents and answering every question that was asked.
Dottie Moyer, Berwick, an adoptive parent of six children who was accompanied by adopted sons Jana and Micah, said adoption is both a joy and a challenge. She views her family as a team working together for common goals.
It might be an unconventional way to build a family, but it works, said Moyer.
The children themselves also fully participated in the celebration and many of them took their place on the laps of their parents or guided them over the snack table for one more treat.
A basketball hoop set up for the event was fully enjoyed by children and adults.
Roberta Daniels of the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network said the network works with local agencies in order to place children with appropriate families.
SWAN representatives were available to provide information to potential adoptive parents. They emphasized the great sense of fulfillment adoptive parents felt when they adopted.
Jill Bruce, coordinator for the Northeast and Central Adoption Exchange, emphasized the need to place children in a timely way.
The exchange acts as an interface between Pennsylvania families and children, so that neither has to wait for an extended period for adoptions go through, said Bruce.
Looking at pictures of children available for adoption , Bruce said she hoped that none would have to wait unnecessarily to be placed in a loving family.
Adoption not only benefits one child, but the entire community, said Bruce.
Many attendees were eager to share their own stories of the challenges and the benefits of adoption. All stressed the importance of remaining connected with other adoptive families and expressed gratitude for events allowing them to do that.
Stan Dorrance, adoption coordinator at CSC since 2007, said the event was especially important because it coincided with CSC celebration of 150 years of service to the community.
Children's Service Center prides itself on improving the quality of life of children it serves. It provides a comprehensive adoption service to those interested in adopting. and support for adoptive families throughout the process, said Dorrance.
He also said the center will follow up after adoption at the family's request.
Dorrance said that the center was looking into establishing a support group for families who have adopted, which would allow families to share information and support.
Those interested in adoption can contact Children's Service Center at 570 825-6425.