Posted Online: Jan. 15, 2013, 12:32 pm
Foster & adoptive parent informational evenings educate local communities
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Press release submitted by The Center for Youth and Family Solutions
ROCK ISLAND, Ill- There are currently over 12,000 children in Illinois living with foster families. Today, almost 3,000 children in our state are waiting to be adopted by a loving family. These children need safe and nurturing parents to care for them. The qualified staff at The Center for Youth and Family Solutions, a local social service agency, provides information, training, and on-going support to individuals and couples who are interested in learning more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent.
Throughout the upcoming months, CYFS will host Foster & Adoptive Parent Informational Meetings, which are open to all individuals and families interested in learning more about adoption and foster care. "Deciding to be a foster or adoptive parent is a big decision and these informational meetings help adults explore their options, learn more about the adoption and fostering process, as well as get any questions they have answered," says Mary Kay Collins, Assistant Director of Licensing and Adoption for CYFS.
The Foster & Adoptive Parent Informational Evenings take place on the second Tuesday of every month. Informational Evenings will be hosted in CYFS's Bloomington, Champaign, Danville, LaSalle, Lincoln, Peoria, Rock Island and Springfield offices.
The Center for Youth and Family Solutions offers a variety of services through their Adoption and Foster Care programs. In addition, CYFS offers a large array of training and educational seminars, support groups, and ongoing support for any individual or couple who chooses to become a foster or adoptive parent. "CYFS offers several different adoption programs, including Infant Adoption, Embryo Adoption and the Adopt a Waiting Child Program, which is a program designed to help families prepare to adopt older waiting children currently in foster care," says Collins. "Our foster care programs include relative foster care, medically complex and specialized foster care, as well as traditional foster care. Our staff are knowledgeable and well-trained on the clinical issues with adoption and foster care, and work with each family on an individual basis to help them select the best option."
Over 100 families have adopted with CYFS since the agency opened in March, including Karen and Jeremy Head of Bloomington. Karen shares, "Adoption has given us the opportunity to be parents. After years of infertility, we were feeling hopeless in our pursuit of parenthood. However, through infant adoption, we have been beyond blessed as parents."
The Informational Evenings are free to all who attend, but advance notice is encouraged. For more information on CYFS or the Informational Evenings, please visit www.cyfsolutions.org or call an Adoption Specialist at the local office.
The Center for Youth and Family Solutions is a not-for-profit social service agency providing strength-based, family-centered social services to youth and families in need throughout Central Illinois. These services include foster care services, child abuse prevention, crisis response for runaways and their families, adoption services, intervention and education with at-risk youth, counseling services for individuals and families, mental health crisis response and community advocacy programs. CYFS has eleven offices across the state of Illinois, and serves over 20,000 individuals annually.