Adoption Process Easier
One Ashland family started adopting 25 years before such a book existed. After adopting two kids, Karen Anderson believes in the importance of adoption.
The state hopes that Anderson is not the only person who thinks highly of it. Mid-missourians could drop by the Columbia Public Library Friday morning to pick up their own copy of the adoption guide called "Welcome Home." Supporters say the booklet covers all adoption possibilities.
"I think the best part is that it describes everything. It describes international adoption. It describes private adoptions, and it describes adoptions through the state, children who are in state custody," said Lynn Cole of the Department of Social Services.
The book gives families contact information for community support groups, something Anderson believes is crucial.
"I think one of the most important things for an adoptive parent is to have resources available and take advantage of community resources," said Anderson.
She also says the book would have been helpful when she first considered adopting. But, now, she says her kids - both biological and adopted - give her all the help and support she needs.
The state says it needs more African-American parents due to the number of African-American kids currently in state custody. Anderson is the foster mother of a young African-American boy named Fadron. State law keeps us from showing foster children, but Anderson says she loves fadron as much as the kids she has adopted, and will probably end up adopting him too.