CDHS Recognizes Five Adoptive Families
Denver (November 4, 2017)—Reggie Bicha, executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), recognized today five families who have adopted from Colorado’s foster care system as part of National Adoption Month.
Nearly 100 people attended the luncheon celebration at the Governor’s Mansion. Participating families from several Colorado counties were honored for their dedication to Colorado’s kids. The families are featured in a series of videos unveiled at the event to inspire Coloradans to consider fostering and adopting in Colorado.
“Touching the life of a child in need is one of the most important and fulfilling things we can do,” said Reggie Bicha, executive director of CDHS. “These families have done an incredible thing by opening their homes and hearts to some of Colorado’s most vulnerable citizens. Our kids are our future, and these five families are a great example of the role models we want helping to shape our future through compassion and care.”
The families honored included:
- April and Earl Camp Sr. from Craig
- Amy and Jessica Kobylinski from Colorado Springs
- Anita and Jeff Nobles from Denver
- Himon Robles from Pueblo
- Amber and Maurice Taylor from Peyton
(Continue reading this release for more information about these families.)
There are 276 children and teens in foster care statewide who are waiting for adoptive homes. Colorado social services agencies need additional foster homes, particularly families who are willing to care for children with special needs, sibling groups and older youth.
Last year, there were 877 adoptions through the foster care system in Colorado. The day an adoption is finalized is one a family will never forget. So far in 2017, 652 adoptions have been finalized.
To learn more and watch a short video about each family visit www.CO4Kids.org.
For 18 years, April and Earl Camp Sr. have been foster parents in Craig. In that time, they have fostered countless children and adopted one child, their 9-year-old daughter, Lucy. April and Earl agree that adoption is a lifelong journey for everyone in their family. Lucy is thriving in their home, and their sons, Earl Jr. (22) and Joshua (37), are proud older brothers. For support on this journey, the Camps turn to the Moffat County Department of Social Services, doctors and specialists across the state, and their own families. April and Earl continue to foster children and teens, and they plan to adopt again if they foster a child who is unable to return to their biological parents and needs a home.
Amy and Jessica Kobylinski had already started the process to become foster-to-adopt parents when they read about a Colorado Heart Gallery display at a library in Colorado Springs. This article prompted the couple to contact The Adoption Exchange, where they told an LGBTQ staff advocate about their desire to adopt a teenager. Almost immediately, the couple were interested in adopting Diamond, 17, but it wasn’t until several months later that they were able to meet Diamond in person. Immediately, the three felt like a family, and Diamond’s adoption was finalized in October 2017. Amy and Jessica are committed to giving Diamond acceptance and unconditional love, and they say Diamond gives them that in return.
Anita and Jeff Nobles were married for 15 years before they grew their family by adopting siblings Imani, 3, and Tyson, 2. Parenting two toddlers is a challenge. Anita and Jeff say that getting through the day and putting the kids to bed at night is a little victory. For the Nobles, parenting is all about trial and error and thinking creatively in order to ensure their children feel safe and have stability. Anita created a visual schedule for the kids to help them recognize family members and adapt to a consistent routine. They have also relied on the support of their family, faith and community throughout the adoption process.
Himon Robles was a 32-year-old bachelor when his two nieces and nephew moved into his home. Going from an uncle to a parent was an adjustment for Himon and the kids, who were used to their uncle spoiling them and giving them everything they wanted. After caring for the kids for two years, Himon and the kids - Mikayla, 15, Anastaysha, 8, and Joseph, 5 - jumped at the opportunity for adoption. Even though they were already a family, adoption gave them all permanency and peace of mind.
Maurice and Amber Taylor’s adult children had already left the house when the couple decided to adopt three of their foster children: Max, 9, Tatiana, 8, and Keri, 7. For Maurice, adoption runs in the family – his parents also adopted and he saw firsthand how having a family can change a young person’s life forever. Maurice and Amber continue to foster to provide a safe, loving home for children in Colorado’s foster care system. Maurice and Amber want to let other people know that you don’t have to be perfect to adopt. Kids don’t care about what you have; they just want to be loved.