Press Release - November 2, 2011

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 developed a Heart Gallery by working with local photographers to create portraits of children currently available for adoption. The portraits are showcased at various locations across the state, throughout the year. In 2008, the Heart Gallery was launched online and highlights two children or sibling groups each month through photos and a brief description. Since 2007, 97 children have been highlighted through the Heart Gallery, either at an exhibit or online, and 64 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 JowelleBorn in 1996, soft-spoken Jowelle is such an active teenage girl. She is well known in her school due to being on the middle school's field hockey, basketball, cheer leading, and softball teams! Though her extra-curricular activities keep her busy, Jowelle still manages to earn great grades and is on the honor roll. Right now, Jowelle thinks she would like to be a lawyer when she grows up and is ready to work hard toward this goal. Jowelle is doing very well in her foster home. She basks in receiving adult attention and praise. Her foster mother reports that she has no behavior problems at home or at school. Jowelle wants and needs a family that will ensure continued contact with her sisters. She enjoys talking to her sisters on the phone. Jowelle is an affectionate girl and is expected to flourish in a home that will shower her with love.

In addition to month long awareness efforts around adoption, the 4th Annual National Adoption Day will be celebrated on Saturday, November 19, at the DelTech Terry Campus in Dover. National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the 107,000 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.

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.