Press Release - November 16, 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 Three: Isaiah

Picture of Isaiah ISAIAH, born in 1997, is an African American boy who really enjoys sports, playing different ones as the seasons change.  He enjoys basketball and football the most.  Isaiah is currently playing football and has been doing very well.  He is learning to be a team player both on and off the field.  Isaiah has continued to make behavioral improvements and is also doing well in school.  Isaiah is a sweetheart who is well mannered and wants to improve his life.  Could your family provide permanency for him?

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  Nyaire 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.