Hamilton County Job and Family Services
HCJFS Update

June 2013

In This Issue

Director's Letter: Remember to Report Elder Abuse and Neglect

New Cash and Food Assistance Cards 

Celebration of Dreams Event to Honor 2013 Graduates

Five Questions with the Frith Family

Summer Youth Employment Program

Adopt 11-year-old Shane

Shane has a loving and affectionate spirit. He is nonverbal but quick to let you know his feelings through smiles and hugs.

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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 family.

Update: What obstacles, if any, did you have to overcome in order to adopt?

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 ever!

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!

Visit www.hckids.org to learn more about the children available for adoption through Hamilton County or to get a list of Hamilton County foster agencies.  

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