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Mar 6, 2014 1:19 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

CPS Looks to Expand Adoption Outreach Programs

CORPUS CHRISTI - "Why not me?" A question many foster children across Texas ask themselves. Child Protective Services both locally and statewide are hosting new outreach programs to help spread the message that every child needs parents, through faith-based leaders.

Jamie Johnson is a program specialist with CPS, she says these collaborations are designed by advisory committees to help promote the adoption of all children, especially minorities.

"Faith leaders from across Corpus, different areas who have come together to hear about how their faith community can collaborate with CPS to help children, families, youth that are right there in their backyard. We're always wanting to see families who are open to children of wide variety of backgrounds and ethnicities," Johnson said.

This was the second meeting of it's kind in Texas. Johnson says more are planned, to continue sharing the message with faith-based messengers, so they can help grow families, just like the Grays.

"We heard the stories of the thousands of kids that are out there that are available for adoption today, that just want a forever home," Kim Gray said.

Kim Gray is a mother of 5, including her newest child, 17-year old Chris, who became part of their family in 2011.

"I thought that we were going to adopt a child that would be 9,10 or 11 that would be younger than or current youngest son and when we met Chris, I did not think that we were going to adopt someone that was a teenager," she added.

Through the help of their case workers and prayer, Gray says she and her family got their answer.

"The Lord just placed it on our heart that he was who we were supposed to adopt," Gray said.

Chris was able to join his new family before Christmas that same year. Gray says, that more kids need that life change.

"If one family from every church in the state of Texas would adopt a child out of foster care, then we would eliminate the need for the foster care system," she said.

Plus, Gray encourages those interested in adopting, to seek advice from CPS and let them help you create a forever home.

CPS hopes to hold two more of these particular meetings this year. Meanwhile, the next adoption information meeting will be held on April 14th at 6p.m. at the Owen R. Hopkins Public Library on 3202 McKinzie Road.

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