Press Release - January 11, 2011

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

Two Delaware Youth in Foster Care to be Featured on NBC10’s Wednesday’s Child

Juwon%20and%20Tyrek.jpgWILMINGTON – Brothers Juwon, 13, and Tyrek, 10, share similar interests including a love of music. Aspiring musicians, they dream of one day playing in a band together. What they would enjoy most of all, though, is a place to call home. To help in that quest, the siblings will be featured on NBC 10’s Wednesday’s Child segment airing tomorrow night (January 12) at 5 p.m., and again on Saturday, January 15, at 9 a.m.

“Last year, we were able to find loving families and permanent homes for 66 Delaware youth in foster care,” said Vivian Rapposelli, Secretary of the Delaware Children’s Department. “As we begin a new year, we resolve to continue our quest to match the children in our care with families who will love them and keep them safe. Our ongoing partnership with NBC10 and the Wednesday’s Child program is a wonderful way to make those meaningful, lasting connections.”

On any given day, there are about 654 children in foster care in Delaware. Currently, the Department is actively seeking adoptive homes for 41 of these children. Nationally, over 463,000 children are in foster care, with more than 123,000 children legally awaiting adoption.

“Our children are our future – our responsibility,” said Rapposelli. “They look to us for the safety and stability they need – and deserve – in order to grow up and be healthy, happy adults.”

The Freddie Mac Foundation’s Wednesday’s Child program started in Washington, D.C., in 1992 as a partnership with NBC4 and the Council of Governments. Its phenomenal success there encouraged the Freddie Mac Foundation to expand the program nationwide. You can learn more by visiting http://adopt.org/wednesdayschild.  You can also visit NBC 10’s website to view video stream of the feature if you are unable to see it at the scheduled time. Simply log onto www.nbcphiladelphia.com and search the name of the featured child/ren of the week.

The Delaware Children’s Department provides services to children who have been abused, neglected, abandoned, dependent, or have mental health or substance abuse problems, and/or have been adjudicated delinquent by the Courts. For more information about children available for adoption, please visit our online Heart Gallery at https://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 services that support child and public safety, behavioral health and individual, family and community well-being.