Children’s Home Society (CHS) is a terrific local group who find permanent homes for infants and children. They are also a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Agency (WWK), which means they have a grant that is used to fund a WWK recruiter who is 100% dedicated to finding adoptive families for older children & children with mental health disorders their forever home.
The WWK model uses a child-focused approach; they find families for the kids versus finding a child to fit a family. A comprehensive, 5 year study was just released showing that this model is much more successful than focusing on finding a child for a family since the child is the reason everyone is here.
This approach was used to find a family for Anecia and Ameeria, who were adopted by the Hollands. They spent two years in foster care before meeting the Hollands. The girls were exposed to extreme abuse and neglect. They lived in a one-bedroom basement apartment, which they shared with their four siblings.
The Hollands have two biological kids, two sons, and were interested in adoption. This family was the right fit for the girls. The adoption was finalized in 11 months. The Hollands feel blessed that they have a home that can accommodate four children. It’s a loving stable environment. The before and after pictures of the girls are astounding. The change is noticeable. They are so happy now. They are in a wonderful place, as are their other four siblings.