Press Release - November 5, 2010

Contact:  Kelly Bachman
302-633-2501 or 302-299-9791

Children’s Department Spotlights Youth in Foster Care Looking for a Place to Call Home

Each week throughout November, a Delaware child in foster care will be highlighted to raise awareness of National Adoption Month and help find a permanent placement for a child in need.

Wilmington, DE —On any given day, dozens of children in Delaware are looking for a permanent place to call home. In an effort to showcase the unique and diverse qualities of these children and link them with a loving and supportive family, the Delaware Children’s Department launched an online Heart Gallery in 2008. The gallery highlights two children or sibling groups each month through photos and a brief description. Since it was first launched in February 2008, 36 children have been highlighted and 16 have begun or completed the adoption process.

Nationally, November is recognized as Adoption Month.  As part of the Department’s outreach efforts this year, a child in foster care who is currently available for adoption will be selected each week in the month of November as a Heart Gallery supplemental spotlight. By sharing their stories and their smiles with the community, the Department hopes to find each child a family who will love them and nurture their spirit.

Week One: Jowelle

Picture of Jowelle Jowelle is an African-American girl born in 1996 currently in foster care and legally free for adoption.  She gets a kick from cruising on her bicycle, roller skating, and knocking down pins at the bowling alley.  She has lots of BFFs (Best Friends Forever), and her sense of humor keeps them all in stitches.  She would like to take swimming lessons.  A forever family is sought for this young girl, who for now is just enjoying being a child, although she plans to become a teacher.  She was on the Honor Roll all year during 4th grade and also received a perfect attendance award for that year.  Jowelle is a twin being placed separately from her brothers and sisters.  She likes to be the center of attention and prefers to be the only child in an African-American family.

In addition to month long awareness efforts around adoption, the 3rd Annual National Adoption Day will be celebrated on Saturday, November 20, at the DelTech Terry Campus in Dover. National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the 129,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families. For more information about this event or to register, visit afisdelaware.org.

For more information on Jowelle or any of the other children in the online Heart Gallery, visit www.kids.delaware.gov.

Our Mission: The Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth & Their Families assists children, youth and families in making positive changes through programs that support child and public safety, behavioral health and individual, family and community well-being.