National Adoption Day helps kids find forever homes

The photo shows Family S after two more children were added on National Adoption Day. (WLFI Photo)
The photo shows Family S after two more children were added on National Adoption Day. (WLFI Photo)

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — In Tippecanoe County, 332 children are in need of foster care, according to the Indiana Department of Child Services. But Thursday, 11 of those kids were given forever families in honor of National Adoption Day.

Half-brothers Carter and Cooper were adopted by the “S” family Thursday at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse. Parents Ken and Micki have been married for 13 years and had their first and only biological child 10 years ago.

But the Lafayette couple said God kept calling them to participate in the foster care program, so they did. So far, they’ve fostered nine children and adopted five of them. They said it’s the best decision they’ve ever made and encourage other families to do the same.

“Anyone that’s ever even thought, like for a second, maybe that would be neat, or maybe I could do it, or maybe that would be a great way for me to serve — take the next step, ” said Ken S.

On average, DCS is actively recruiting adoptive homes for about 150 children statewide. Eighty percent of those children are over the age of 11 and a quarter are a part of sibling groups.

According to DCS, there has been a steady increase in adoptions since 2014. A full report on DCS Adoption Statistics is available online.

In Tippecanoe County, the local DCS branch is located at 250 Main St., No. 301, in Lafayette. The office can be reached at 765-742-0400.

For more information about the Indiana Adoption Program, visit the DCS web page or call 888-25-ADOPT.

Coming up Thursday night on on News 18 at Six, we follow the “S” family on Adoption Day from start to finish as they give two more children a happy ending.