Foster care association brings two adoption programs to mid Missouri

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JEFFERSON CITY - Foster children will have more opportunities to find homes thanks to two new programs coming to mid-Missouri. 

The Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association announced Wednesday night it was selected to be part of the "30 Days To Family" and "Extreme Recruitment" programs.

"Missouri has quite a few kids in care, but not enough homes and this year, we want to focus on getting that balance back," Executive Director Deanna Alonso said. 

Adoption Program Manager Amy Martin said the new programs will make life a lot easier for the foster children. 

"It's always traumatic for a child to have to leave their home, but if they're able to leave their home to go into another family home or someone they're familiar with or a kinship placement, that's much less traumatic," Martin said. 

Alonso added the programs are "really showing to be effective in the rest of the parts of Missouri."

"30 Days To Family" uses a private investigator to help expand a foster child's family tree and match the child with a relative. "Extreme Recruitment," drawing inspiration from "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," aims to significantly reduce the time it takes to find a foster child a home. 

The announcement came during the association's "Light The Way" event where people released balloons, instead of the originally planned lanterns, into the sky as part of national foster child awareness month.

"A village really does raise a child, and so we really wanted families to come out and release a [balloon] together just for hoping for a child to find a family or go back to a family," Alonso said.