MAINE – The Maine Department of Health and Human Service said they need for more Maine families to step forward in helping out with adoption and fostering kids.
The department drew attention to the increasing lack of foster and adoptive homes in the state on Monday. They reported that 1,900 children are currently in foster care. Of them, over 500 are seeking adoption and the rest, reunification with family members.
We reached out to a Farrington family in the town of China. Doreen and Neil Farrington have two kids of their own, adopted eight, and fostered more than 600 during their thirty-one years of marriage.
“Imagine being told that you aren’t going home, that you may never go home. This is what kids are facing and its terrible. If we didn’t do it then who would. We are helping them achieve, to go to school and to get a diploma,” said Doreen Farrington.
Ashley and Hannah are not bio-logical sisters, but were both adopted by the Farrington family. They said they are so thankful for a family that loves and cares about them.
“Five days before Christmas, a foster family I lived with before told me I needed to find another home. It was hard.”said Hannah Farrington.
Maine DHHS commissioner Mary Mayhew said they need up to 100 Maine families willing to care for their older children.
“We need people who can open up their homes and families either on a temporary basis while a child’s parents resolve their own issues, or on a permanent basis when children need to become part of a new forever-family,”said commissioner Mayhew.
Families interested in adoption may meet Maine’s waiting children at www.adoptuskids.org.
That website will allow you to see their pictures and read his or her story. Generous Mainers willing to open their hearts and homes can also contact Foster Family Program Manager, Linda Brissette at (207) 624-7964 or [email protected].