National Adoption Day: Love That Knows No Bounds

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark — The alarming fact is more than 100,000 kids nationwide are in foster care and in need of finding a permanent, loving home.

Child advocacy agencies in different states across the U.S.. are bringing awareness to the issue by holding what they call “National Adoption Day” this month.

Department of Human Services Department of Family and Children Services celebrating people like Andrew Rodgers and his wife, Sabrina, who are helping children in need have a place to call “home.”

“It has been an amazing journey for us,” said Andrew. “It has been a time where we must commit.”

He stood on the steps of the Pulaski County Juvenile Courthouse and shared how being a parent has changed his life, the last few years.

“For me it’s, it’s amazing,” said Andrew.

Facing fertility issues, he and his wife decided adopting would be their best option. Now, they are proud parents of 6 kids, ranging from ages 4 to 16.

“They’ve taught me how to love beyond measure,” said Andrew.

It’s a love, his eldest adopted daughter, Ka’Liyah Rodgers, said she never saw from her biological parents.

“My parents, they were drug addicts and they really didn’t watch us,” said Ka’Liyah. “They really didn’t care for us and stuff. So, we would go days without food.”

Although times were rough, she kept herself and her siblings upbeat.

“I had to be the mother figure for them. I had to stay strong and make sure they knew everything was going to be okay,” said Ka’Liyah.

These days, she can’t help but smile at what it’s like being a “Rodgers.”

“It’s been really good. I’m very blessed to have them,” said Ka’Liyah.

DHS DCFS director Cecile Blucker sharing good news with the crowd.

“There’s been 240 more finalizations, and we’re anticipating 50 during the month of November,” said Blucker. “So, I think we need to applaud those efforts of the South.”

But she said more than 700 kids in the Natural State still need a forever home. RE THAN 700 KIDS IN THE

“They just want people who care about them,” said Blucker.

Andrew calls on Arkansans who can step up, to do so.

“Make a difference, open your home. There are children waiting on you … there are children crying for you,” said Andrew.

Blucker said there will be more outreach programs in the coming months to get kids adopted.

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