Helping Thousands Find Safe, Loving, Adoptive Homes: Kinship Center Staff Receive National Award
Two Kinship Center staff members were singled out for a special award in May, reflecting their dedication and success in finding and securing safe, loving homes for children with the greatest special needs.
Kim Felder (right) and Sarah Hutson, who are Kinship Center family recruiters for Wendy's Wonderful Kids, a program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, were recognized at the Columbus, Ohio Wendy's Wonderful Kids Summit for their years of commitment and for excellence in exceeding goals for placement of older teens, children with disabilities, and those with severe emotional scars.
Felder was previously recognized in 2008 by the US Congress as a national 'Angel in Adoption' for her 20-year career in adoptive family development. For almost two decades, Felder has shepherded thousands of hard-to-place adolescents, sibling groups and medically fragile children into permanent homes.
Both Felder and Hutson work year-round to get to know each waiting child, to do exhaustive research to match the child's unique needs with the right family, and to provide training and support to keep the adoptive family strong, so that children will not have to go back into public foster care. Nationwide, as many as one in four special needs adoptions fail because of children's past trauma and their difficulty in becoming part of a healthy, new family. Kinship Center's success rate at maintaining adptive family strength and permanence is greater than 98%.
"I cannot think of anything more important or rewarding," said Felder.blog comments powered by Disqus
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