An adoptive mother is sharing her blessing this Thanksgiving in the hope that it will inspire others to consider giving a child a permanent, loving home.
Lauri McKnight, the Executive Director of Children Awaiting Parents and the Donald J. Corbett Adoption Agency, and Veronica Black, a Community Outreach Specialist, Family Trainer and adoptive mother, discussed the desire to adopt and how adults can make it happen Tuesday during News 8 at Sunrise.
“I look at it as I was blessed,” said Black. “They’ve changed my life. My children — children who are waiting everywhere — long to belong, to be part of a family. It is very important to get that out there. These children want ‘forever families.’ They want to be part of a family.”
Black said adults considering adoption can get the information they need. “There are several different avenues that they can take. They can reach out to us. They can attend one of our informational meetings, which is the second and last Tuesday of every month. We also have training sessions that are open to the public. I just want them to know that it’s okay to be afraid of the unknown. There are so many families out there who are interested. They have the room in their home. They have the room in their heart. They’re passionate. They care, and they want to love someone else’s child unconditionally.”
The ‘Heart Gallery Luncheon’ will be held Tuesday, November 27 at the Floreano Riverside Convention Center. “The attendees will experience the keynote speaker and the author of the ‘Orphan Train,’ Christina Baker Kline,” said McKnight. “She will talk about her book, and the experiences of her children, who were once orphans and were part of the orphan train movement that brought children from New York to the Midwest, where they would hopefully be selected. She’ll be discussing her book, as well as the orphan train movement, as well as we’ll have other speakers. We’ll be giving an award to our founders, Peggy and Dave Soule, and of course a wonderful lunch.”
There is an important message for those who attend the Heart Gallery Luncheon. “We mostly hope that attendees will hear the message of need for the children who languish in foster care, and the need to support families and increase awareness for families, as well as for funding,” noted McKnight.
For more information about the luncheon and adoption, visit ChildrenAwaitingParents.org.