National Adoption Month
November marks National Adoption Month, which recognizes and honors those outstanding adoptive parents who have welcomed a child into their home. It’s important to remember the positive impact these adoptive families have in our communities.
At a ceremony in the State Capitol earlier this week, the Department of Children and Families recognized four amazing families with the 2012 Governor’s Outstanding Adoptive Parent award and honored four adoption advocates with the 2012 Governor’s Champion of Adoption award.
The four families chosen provide just a glimpse of the adoption picture in Wisconsin. Hundreds of families step forward to provide a home for over 700 children each year. I cannot say enough about how much we appreciate the dedication of our adoptive parents, as well as those who work tirelessly with the families throughout the adoption process.
All children deserve a loving and nurturing family and a stable home. Adoption is a great way to share something offering tremendous rewards for both the child and the adoptive parents. Children who are adopted have a sense of belonging and feel more secure which improves their self-esteem. Adoption provides a child with the greatest gift of all—a family.
For their remarkable commitment to the children and families of Wisconsin, the 2012 Governor’s Outstanding Adoptive Parents are: Amy and Ben Selenske of Madison, Dale and Lisa Bowser of Wisconsin Dells, Arletta Frazier-Tucker of Racine, and Joel and Kaia Beyer of Union Grove.
Receiving the 2012 Governor's Champions of Adoption awards were Theresa Roetter of Madison, an adoption attorney selected as a 2012 Angels in Adoption; Judge Chad Kerkman of Kenosha, who started Adoption Day in Kenosha County; Mary Grossnickle, who founded “Speaking of Adoption” and wrote the children’s book A Place in My Heart; and Julie and Bill Ryno, who founded UMOJA – A Black Heritage Experience, a heritage camp for families that adopt a child from a different culture.