Adoption Awareness

By: Venton Blandin Email
By: Venton Blandin Email

December 22, 2006

There are more than a half million children currently in foster care in the United States. There are many in Charlottesville who are trying to raise awareness on this important social issue.

"God, thank you so much. For making me healthy, and for making me strong, so I can run and play all day long," said the voice of a child's toy.

Jackie Lewis said those words may be few, but they mean a lot when talking about her three year-old little boy.

"He is such an incredible child. He has been such a blessing to me in my life. It makes Christmas that much more special," said Jackie Lewis.

However, thousands of foster kids see Christmas as another day. One of many spent moving from home to home, and not feeling the bond of a family. Little David did just that for a year before he entered Jackie's life.

The University of Virginia Hospital nurse opened her home for the holiday and beyond.

"I did. I did. I fell in love with him when I picked him up from the hospital. I knew then that I wanted to keep him," said Jackie Lewis.

Amy Nash with Tri-Area Foster Families knows that same feeling could be experienced by others. She is the Recruiter of Foster and Adoptive Families.

"There certainly is a high demand for infants and toddlers. Although we do place some infants and toddlers, we are especially seeking families for the older kids," said Amy Nash.

Adoption is not for everyone, but Jackie Lewis believes in it. After all, her adopted son was born blind, and needs special care. Whether, or not a child has a condition, Lewis said there is still a reason to spread love.

"You can immediately see a difference in them. Just having someone they don't know, to take them in, and give them love, and showing them what a family is like," said Lewis.

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