National Adoption Month: Helping Connecticut kids find forever families

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WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Mike and Karl have been a couple for six years and married in 2014. This year the Wallingford-based couple became a party of three, after completing an adoption through the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.

“We actually had considered going to another country. It turned out, given our lifestyle, some countries weren’t receptive to that,” said Karl.

“I knew I wanted to have kids it was just a matter of timing with the right people, the right person,” said Mike.

Baby Dominic was born in October of last year, just two weeks after the couple completed their foster care and adoption classes through DCF. At three days old Dominic came home with them from the hospital.

“As the months unfolded I would best describe it as somewhat emotional because you didn’t know if we’d get to keep Dominic in our home,” said Karl.

Here in Connecticut DCF says there are about 4,000 kids in their care. Statistically half of them will return to live with their birth family.

Doubts and concerns aside the couple cherished every moment. The news they were hoping for came when Dominic was five months old. The baby’s birthmother had signed away her parental rights and Karl and Mike could become his legal parents. The adoption was finalized in June.

DCF says here in Connecticut they finalize about 450 to 500 adoptions each year.

“The families that we want for our children to have are families that are going to be able to provide them with love, stability, a safe home environment, a long lasting connection,” said DCF Social Worker Glenda Nadavo.

Families like Mike’s and Karl’s. The couple praises their experience with DCF and recommends other people looking to adopt find out what DCF is all about.

“We never experienced any type of prejudice or any type of concern for our ability to parent. If you’re a couple that’s been together a while and you make this decision to go down this road together, I think that the social workers and DCF in general can see that loving committed couple that’s willing to allow a child to succeed,” said Karl.

For information on fostering or adopting through DCF, click here or call 888-kid-hero.

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