DAYTON, OH (Nov. 18, 2022) – A record number of Montgomery County families had their adoptions finalized as a part of National Adoption Day on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. The annual event is made possible thanks to the partnership between Montgomery County Children Services and Montgomery County Probate Court.
"National Adoption Day is always a special day here in Montgomery County," said Commission President Carolyn Rice. "Children require love and witnessing these children find the love they deserve is truly heartwarming.”
National Adoption Day is a national effort to raise awareness of the need to find permanent, loving families for the nearly 408,000 children waiting to be adopted in the United States. In Montgomery County, there are roughly 200 children currently waiting for a permanent family.
“While reunification is always the primary goal for us, it’s not always what is best for the child or children involved,” said Craig Rickett, Associate Director for Montgomery County Children Services. “When reunification isn’t possible, our staff works diligently to find the best permanent home for them.”
“To have eight Montgomery County families adopt 14 children in one day is phenomenal,” said Judge David D. Brannon. “This annual event is always a joyous and unforgettable time for the families, caseworkers and all staff here at Montgomery County Probate Court.”
The adoptions included five children who are teenagers and four separate sibling groups, including three of the newest members of the Henderson family. The Hendersons already have four biological children who are fully grown now but said they didn’t feel like their family was complete yet.
“The entire process took about three years,” said Emma Henderson, mom. “The caseworkers have been phenomenal every step of the process. They’ve connected us with the resources needed to help the children– physical therapy, doctors, occupational therapy, help at school and more.”
Older children, sibling groups and children with special needs often wait even longer before finding a permanent home.
“I’d tell anyone thinking about fostering or adoption to do it. Don’t be afraid,” Henderson said. “It’s been so rewarding for us.”
Interested parents must be at least 21 years of age and have sufficient financial resources to support children and provide housing. You can be married or single, rent or own your home and you do not have to have other children – just a desire to be a successful role model for a child who needs you. Children Services provides the 36 hours of required pre-service training at no cost and facilitates the required home study.
“We just try to be the best example of a good, loving family. Kids are like a sponge and will soak up all the love you give them,” Henderson said.
“Our motto is that we’re going to love them for as long as we have them and show them that there are people out there that do care.”
In 2021, Montgomery County finalized 61 adoptions with eight of them taking place on National Adoption Day. So far in 2022, 75 adoptions have already been finalized or set for finalization.
Informational meetings for foster parenting and adoption are held every month. The next one will be held virtually on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, from 6-7:30 p.m. You can call 937-224-KIDS (937-224-5437) for more information.