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Adoption expert says mid-Missouri children need help in ending orphan crisis

139 mid-Missouri children are without identifiable adoption resources. Identifiable adoption resources indicate someone new or other family members are looking to adopt the child. (MGN Online)

A mid-Missouri adoption expert said the community needs to come together to end what she calls, "an orphan crisis in our backyard".

139 mid-Missouri children were without identifiable adoption resources. Identifiable adoption resources indicated someone new or other family members are looking to adopt the child.

"There are quite a few children in our backyard that are waiting and waiting to be adopted," Deanna Alonso, CEO of The Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association said.

Alonso said that while it is important for children to get adopted, she works to make sure families understand the permanency of the decision. She said the entire family must be on board to make the adoption a smooth transition.

"This is a family decision. Adoption is, so we want to make sure when you walk through the doors. It's a permanent decision. Children don't come with receipts," Alonso said.

The Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association said it will launch two new programs to help find children homes quicker.

30 Days to Family is an intense intervention that aims to place children with safe and appropriate relatives within 30 days of entering foster care.

The Extreme Recruitment team would look to broaden a child's potential adoption circle to beyond family. This could include a coach, a teacher, a family friend, and more.

"These kids need us all of us. It truly takes a village to raise a child," Alonso said.

Employees at CMFCAA said witnessing the officially adoption moment is what it is all about.

"It's like a gift on Christmas. These families have had a void maybe. The kids have had a void too. Whenever they find each other it's like this magic thing that happens. Everything comes together in that moment. They truly care for one another and they love each other," Alonso said.

Alonso also said she hopes more mid-Missouri families take a risk on a child because the reward is love.


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