Since 1980, NewsChannel 8 has aired our weekly waiting child program. Carole Lambert features special needs children, like Katie, who want to be adopted. Our waiting children are in permanent custody of DHS through no fault of their own. For example, Katie was only 11 days old when she suffered shaken baby syndrome. Her abuse led to blindness, seizures and other permanent disabilities.
In January of 2007, the hospital became her home.
DHS had tried many times to find Katie an adoptive home, but it hadn't happened.
So, in 2009, Carole featured Katie on Waiting Child, and her picture was also featured in the Waiting Child Heart Gallery which traveled the state.
It worked. A prospective family came forward after seeing the video... and her picture in the Heart Gallery. After learning about her, they fell in love with her. They became an approved DHS adoptive family, and learned how to care for her special needs.
Carole is happy to tell you that Katie was placed into her adoptive home this past May.
And, that is something we celebrate and are thankful for this Thanksgiving.