St. Petersburg, Florida -- Many people often wonder what happens to some of the kids we introduce you to in our Wednesday's Child segments.
We are happy to say that some of them have been placed in loving homes while others are in the process and very close to being with their forever families.
After you see a child profiled in a story, we give out a phone number for families who are interested in making our Wednesday's Child a part of their home.
But what happens after you call?
Connie Going with Eckerd Community Alternatives explains that it's a process that folks really have to be committed to completing.
Going says, "They will look and see if that family has the strength to meet that child's need because all of our children have needs. Our families have needs too but our children are really our focus."
She goes on to say, "You would go through a process in an orientation where you would hear all about foster care and adoption to help you make a choice that is right for you."
The orientation is a 10-week process. Potential parents often discover if they want a younger or an older child. Sometimes the child you've called about may have already been placed with a family. But Going says don't worry.
"For every child you see, we have a hundred other or more than a hundred other children."
She says adoption is an educational process where you are constantly learning and there is no quick route to adopting a child.
If you live in Pinellas and Pasco counties, there are orientations for families who want to know more about adopting or fostering a child.
To learn more call them at 866-271-4705 or visit their website at www.eckerd.org.
Hillsborough county residents also have the opportunity to learn more about becoming a foster parent or adopting a child at an orientation which is held the third Thursday each month. To learn more, contact Camelot/Hillsborough Kids, Inc at 813-901-3477.
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