Adoption Superheroes to be Honored at Walk Nov. 14 (Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register)

Posted 11/06/2015

Have you adopted a child from the state's foster care system? Have you considered this route to growing your family through adoption? If you want to learn more about the process and talk to families who have already taken the journey, make plans to attend the Adoption Superheroes Celebration and Walk at Centennial Park on Saturday, Nov. 14.

The walk, which is co-sponsored by Catholic Charities Pregnancy Counseling and Adoption Services Department, will honor adoptive families and community partners who advocate and support children in the foster care system. "This is about showing appreciation for families who have opened their hearts and homes to an older child," said Catholic Charities' Denise Todd-Cottrell.

As an adoption recruiter with Catholic Charities' FOCUS program, Todd-Cottrell reaches out to potential adoptive families and guides them through the process, assembling a support team to walk with the family and child before, during and after an adoption.

November is National Adoption Month, and this year's theme, "We Never Outgrow the Need for Family," focuses on the adoption of older youth currently in foster care. There is a particular need for families to adopt children ages 9 and older, and sibling groups, who need loving, permanent homes, Todd-Cottrell said.

Statewide, there are about 400 children whose parents have had their parental rights terminated and are awaiting adoption. "There are a lot of children out there needing forever homes," Todd-Cottrell said. One of the best ways to find more information and get to know some of the children awaiting adoption is by visiting the website, which includes video testimonies from the children themselves.

The Adoption Superheroes Celebration and Walk will be held at the Centennial Park bandshell on Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. The event will include the walk, games, music, food and drink, and door prizes.

Department of Children's Services partner organizations including Catholic Charities will have information tables at the event, and representatives will be available to answer questions about adopting older children from the state's foster care system.

Free registration is available at:

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