HEALTH MATTERS: ADOPTION, DEC. 10, 2017

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By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Olivia Whitmire

Dr. Brian Gannon, a pediatrician at University Medical Center, answered questions about how the adoption process works and the foster care system.

“The thing to remember about foster children or children in foster care is that they are almost always there through no fault of their own. They’ve been in a some sort of situation that was possibly tragic, therefore their removed from their birth families. Those children all need forever families,” Gannon said.

When families choose to open up their homes and welcome these children into their lives, help is always available to smooth the transition for both the child and the parents.

“The adoption agencies give lots and lots of training before a child is ever placed in a new home,” Gannon said.

Gannon recommends visiting the Dave Thomas Foundation for resources with more information on the different aspects of adoption to anyone who may be interested in bringing a child into their home.

Gannon and his wife adopted six children themselves, and he said one of those interesting things about adoption is that all the same challenges that they face with their adopted children they are also facing with their birth children.

“People often go into this knowing this child has suffered trauma and they may be more difficult to deal with,” Gannon said. “The reality is you may have those same problems with the children that you birth; you just don’t know what you’re going to get until they arrive in your house and you work with them.”

Gannon knows there are a great deal of myths out there about adoption, but the most important thing to remember is that every child needs a home.

“Many times they’re in foster care for many months and we try, the system will try to get them back with their birth families, and then at some point it looks like adoption is the best choice for them,” Gannon said. “Like I said some of those may even be teenagers, but they still need a home.

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