2016 UMCH Foster Families Who Adopted
November is National Adoption Month, an initiative of the Children’s Bureau that has a goal to increase awareness and bring attention to the need for permanent families for children and youth in the U.S. foster care system. When you think of Thanksgiving, the growing list of “shopping” holidays, and Giving Tuesday, consider what a gift you would give a child if you fostered him or her.
Currently The United Methodist Children’s Home connects an average of 100 children to foster families each month, and we want that number to grow. In fact, with a goal of serving 500 foster children each month by 2020, we work to ensure that as many of Georgia’s children as possible know they can turn to us to help them through their transition before reunifying with their biological families, or secure an adoptive family to call their own.
As we at The United Methodist Children’s Home celebrate National Adoption Month, we celebrate the ten families that have adopted 15 of our children in 2016. We celebrate the families that are providing us success stories we can share as we work to grow our mission. To date, 11 families who adopted children through UMCH continue to foster with us.
In fact, 2016 was a year filled with wonderful foster-turned-adoptive family stories, including the Carpenters, the Pedens, the Rogers and the Sonnenfeldts. “Regardless of the outcome, many of these families say fostering is their calling, and we are so blessed that they wish to continue even after they’ve found a permanent connection with one or more children,” said Denise Peacock, UMCH’s foster care coordinator. “It is families like these that we truly celebrate.”
Mother’s Day this year brought a special gift to Ashley Carpenter and her husband Andrew, as they adopted siblings Kya and Kaidin, making them a party of five with their two foster children. Robert and Jennifer Peden adopted brother and sister Logan and Neveah in February, and are fostering another young child as well. Jimmy and Beth Rogers adopted Riley this past August, and two-year-old Karyn in February. This year marks three children this family has adopted during their fostering journey. And just last month, Brian and Brooke Sonnenfeldt adopted brothers Elijah and Aiden, while they also foster an infant.
For National Adoption Month, we celebrate these families, we celebrate God’s blessings on our ministry, and we celebrate your support of The United Methodist Children’s Home. Won’t you consider fostering? For more details, please visit http://www.umchildrenshome.org/ways-to-help/become-a-foster-parent.