There are thousands of children across Kentucky in need of a home and a family to love them.
One woman is doing her part to help.
The need for adoptive parents in Eastern Kentucky is a big one.
"It provides an opportunity for me, for anyone who couldn't afford to adopt and spend 20 to 30 thousand for an adoption." Says Shelia Neal, who is an adoptive parent.
There are about seven thousand kids across kentucky who need foster homes but only about 22 hundred homes that are approved.
But the benefits of adopting or fostering a child are even greater.
"My little precious boys, they are so wonderful to me this is just an opportunity I want to share with everybody." Says Neal.
Without a family, children have to move often.
For Brandon McHone, he says he knows the pain of moving quite well.
"i've been through six foster homes everywhere from Manchester, Stanton, Hazard, Mount Vernon to Buckhorn." Says McHone.
As adoptive children can attest to themselves, adoption changes lives.
"Knowing you're going to be adopted, and that you're happy about that. It's been a positive experience knowing that you've just got to give it time." Says McHone.
If you want children, Sheila encourages you to look into adoption first.
"I couldn't have children of my own and for those of you who may not be able to, this is an opportunity for you to reach out, to care and make a home for them." Says Neal.
Project MATCH stands for making appropriate and timely connections for children. It is a grant from the Children's Bureau in Washington D.C.
The project is a collaborative between the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, The University of Kentucky, The University of Louisville, Murray State University and Western Kentucky University.
Sheila Neal is based in Hazard and serves as recruitment specialist for the Eastern Mountain region, which includes Breathitt, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Owsley, Perry, and Wolfe counties.
Neal says 463 children are in "out of home" care in this region alone. You can reach her for more information at 606-487-1222.
You can reach Project Match at 1-877-994-9970.
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