Five Questions with the Frith Family
Each year, hundreds of children come into foster care through
Hamilton County Job and Family Services. Many return to their
parents. But for some children, adoption becomes the best option for
a forever family. Currently, Hamilton County has about 190 children
looking for adoptive parents.
The Frith’s decided to adopt both of their children from foster
care. They adopted their second child, Haven, from Hamilton County
on March 7, 2013. Update caught up with the Frith's to ask about
their experience with foster care and adoption.
Update: Tell us how you adopted your child?
Frith’s: In 2009, we adopted our fist child, Hannah, when she was
6 years old through Clermont County Child Protective Services. We
adopted our second child, 3-year-old Haven last month
through Hamilton County Child Protective Services.
Update: Why did you decide to adopt?
Frith’s: Our oldest nephew became a foster parent while in the
military and we fell in love with their foster child. We wanted our
forever children and to give a forever home to children who needed a
Update: What obstacles, if any, did you have to overcome in order to
Frith’s: We would say the process was easy. The biggest obstacle was
our own doubt and fears. We questioned whether we would be able to
meet all of their needs when the support from the county ended. Then
we realized that we could with our great support system of friends,
family, and network of professional and educational resources for
children with special needs.
Update: What has been your biggest reward in adopting?
Frith’s: Seeing our children change from scared, hurt little ones
into confident little ones. Going from not loving or trusting, and
not wanting to even try to do things like walk, talk and even eat.
To watch all that change and to see them blossom and bloom into the
little people they were meant to be. That is the greatest reward
Update: What advice do you have for other potential adoptive parents?
Frith’s: It may not be an easy process and of course it will not be
a bed of roses! However letting a child know that to us you are so
great, so special, and so loved that we want you to be ours forever.
That makes all the difference in their lives!
www.hckids.org to learn more about the children available for
adoption through Hamilton County or to get a list of Hamilton County