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Celebrate Valentine's Day: NC Program Supports Families and Adoptees

Photo: Thousands receive help through the "Adoption for a Lifetime" Program. Courtesy: Children's Home Society of North Carolina
Photo: Thousands receive help through the "Adoption for a Lifetime" Program. Courtesy: Children's Home Society of North Carolina
February 14, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Flowers and chocolates aren't the only things you can give to your sweetheart on this Valentine's Day. You also can make a donation in their honor to a program that offers support to thousands of North Carolina families and adoptees every year.

The Children's Home Society of North Carolina is holding an annual fundraiser for its "Adoption for a Lifetime" program, which helps with things such as connecting families separated by adoption.

"Mary" was adopted as an infant more than 60 years ago.

"Many just have a need to find out where they are from," she said. "You think about it in grammar school and somebody has to do a family tree, and that can be difficult for some individuals who are adopted."

Several years ago, Mary's birth family contacted her to share family medical history information she needed to know.

The Children's Home Society of North Carolina has been around for 110 years, and almost 15,000 children have been adopted through the nonprofit during that time.

Every year, about 1,400 children are adopted in North Carolina through public agencies, and more than 2,000 are looking for a forever family.

Edith Votta, the society's director of post-adoption services, said supporting adoptees and families for their entire life is important to make sure adoption is a positive experience.

"We want families to have the support and the tools that they need," she said, "to help these children grow and develop and be nurtured and to understand where they have come from."

The society works with social service agencies in the state to aid in the adoption process. Far fewer infant adoptions have taken place in recent years, Votta said, and the greatest need her organization sees is for older children, sibling groups and children with special needs.

Donations to the "Adoption for a Lifetime" program can be made by calling 1-800-632-1400.

Stephanie Carroll Carson, Public News Service - NC