There’s an urgent need to find permanent, loving homes for thousands of kids in New York State.
They’re in foster care, where the average stay is more than two years.
One local woman who adopted her sons from foster care is Veronica Black.
“I just decided that I was going to do it and make that big leap,” said Black.
Veronica Black was a foster parent for many years.
“It broke my heart to see how many children were coming into care and the reasons behind it,” said Black.
Throughout her time as a single foster mom, the close bond and desire to help children without homes became even more important to her.
“I decided I wanted to do more,” said Black. “I wanted to open my home. I wanted to grow my family and what better way than loving someone else’s child unconditionally.”
Black made the decision to adopt children of here own. But with the holidays quickly approaching, she knows how lonely it can be during this time for children in foster care.
That’s where Children Awaiting Parents, or CAP, comes into play.
It’s a non-profit organization located right here in Rochester helping to bring families and children looking for homes. They’ve been doing this for over 45 years.”
“We really want these family bonds to become permanent and successful,” said Sandy Frankel. “It makes such a difference in the quality of life in children who have waited, who yearn for a permanent family.”
Something that has proven to be successful in the lives of both Veronica and her children.
“During this holiday season when you’re out shopping and buying gifts, I’d say don’t forget about America’s forgotten children,” said Black. “Keep them in mind because those are the kids who are having the toughest times right now.”
For more information about how you can help, or about Children Awaiting Parents, click here.