Garfield County marks National Adoption Day | PostIndependent.com

Garfield County marks National Adoption Day

John Gardner
jgardner@postindependent.com
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Garfield County Department of Human Services (DHS) is celebrating the work and commitment of foster families today, National Adoption Day, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

The individuals involved deserve a day of recognition, according to DHS’ Natalie Carrion.

“It’s a very difficult job they are doing,” Carrion said. “They are doing a significant thing for the community. Caring for children in need is important for the community and the department.”

The Foster Adoption Celebration will be from 2-5 p.m. with games for kids and information available for anyone considering foster parenting or adoption.

“We are inviting the community or anyone who has thought about it,” Carrion said. “We will have people there who can answer any questions you may have.”

This is the first year for this celebration event, which falls on National Adoption Day.

Last year on National Adoption Day, DHS witnessed the adoption of 12-year-old Christian Addie. Christian was adopted by his foster father, Steve Addie, who had seen the young boy go from foster home to foster home for many years.

The Addies were welcomed into the courtroom of 9th Judicial District Judge Denise Lynch on Saturday, Nov. 17, for the special adoption.

“We didn’t have an adoption in Garfield County this year, so we wanted to turn the day into a celebration for the foster parents in the community,” Carrion said.

But the ultimate hope for Carrion and DHS is to have a good turnout of interested folks who would like to participate. Garfield County has only 10 foster families, and there is a need for more, according to Carrion.

“We are hoping for a good turnout,” Carrion said.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

jgardner@postindependent.com


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