Adoptive families saluted

Hundreds of young people await permanent homes in Colorado

Posted 11/11/19

Josh and Pedro Federico were living in a household where their parents weren't doing “suitable things for children,” according to their uncle, Danny Porter. The teenage boys were living in an …

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Adoptive families saluted

Hundreds of young people await permanent homes in Colorado

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Josh and Pedro Federico were living in a household where their parents weren't doing “suitable things for children,” according to their uncle, Danny Porter. The teenage boys were living in an unhealthy household that led to them needing somewhere where they can continue to grow and improve as young adults.

Porter and his wife, Jessi, stepped in and adopted the boys this past March.

“At the end of the day, being able to see positive changes for them, knowing we don't have to worry if they're going to be safe and being able to provide that consistent loving household for them has been neat,” said Jessi.

She and her family live in Englewood.

The Englewood family was one of five families who have adopted that were recognized at the governor's mansion in Denver by the Colorado Department of Human Services on Nov. 2. The event marked National Adoption Month as families gathered to eat, play games and more.

According to the Colorado Department of Human Services, there are currently 433 Colorado children and teens in foster care who are waiting to be adopted. Last year, 646 children and teens in the state were adopted from foster care.

“A child is waiting for their forever family. They're sitting in a foster care situation which may be a loving home, but that's temporary,” said Minna Castillo Cohen, the director of the Office of Children, Youth and Families for the Colorado Department of Human Services. “It's important for people to consider becoming an adopted family so that they can't only open their home but open their hearts and families to expansion and bringing these kids into their homes.”

Anybody can be a foster parent, and the Colorado Department of Human Services is looking for parents to take teens and sibling groups, said Castillo Cohen. Potential foster parents need to be at least 21 and have an apartment, or home. For more information about foster care and adoption, visit co4kids.org.

“It's very scary going into it, but it enhances your life. It enhanced our relationship, and it's just good to be around the boys and see them grow so much,” said Danny.

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