Children's Home Society of WV

PRINCETON — In an effort do bring attention to the importance of adoption, the Children’s Home Society will hold an adoption celebration on Nov. 10.

November is adoption awareness month and Joanne Boileau, regional director of the Children’s Home Society in Princeton, said, “Every year in November we try to recognize adoptions and how wonderful they are and how there are a lot of children waiting for their forever family.”

The adoption celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at the Kee Street United Methodist Church and will include a candle-lighting ceremony.

Boileau said the ceremony will lift up the children waiting to be adopted in prayer.

“It is part of bringing awareness for the children who are waiting for a home,” she said.

The event will also include keynote remarks from Stephen Tuck, Children’s Home Society CEO, and a presentation from Linette Corrigan, who adopted her son Daniel from China when he was 13.

“Daniel’s dream was to be part of a family,” said Boileau.

Refreshments will also be provided at the event.

Boileau said everyone is invited to attend and learn more about the joys of adoption and the hope it offers children for the future they dream about.

During their last fiscal year, the Children’s Home Society assisted with 62 adoptions, with 55 being for children in West Virginia. The organization eliminated its adoption fee in 2008 in an effort to encourage families to adopt a child in need.

“Children waiting to be adopted are of every age from infants to teen-agers,” stated a press release from the organization. “Some have been waiting for years for their adoptive parents to step forward and claim them as their own. All children, no matter their age, deserve a family of their own, a place to come home to for the holidays, parents to buy presents for at Christmas and to share birthday celebrations.”

Anyone interested in learning more about how to become an adoptive family can contact Denise Copolo or Ruth Bailey at the Princeton Children’s Home Society at 304-431-2424.

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