COMPASS celebrates 100th child adopted through foster care program
A Central Nebraska foster and family services agency is celebrating a milestone this week with its 100th child adopted in just five short years.
Five adoptions from COMPASS's foster care program were made official at the Buffalo County Courthouse on Wednesday, making the current count 103, just one day shy of National Adoption Month which starts Thursday, November 1.
COMPASS leaders say they're glad they're able to help so many kids find permanent families.
"We are a smaller organization, but we are concentrated more in the central service area and especially here in Kearney," said Director of Foster Care for COMPASS Alisa Ryan. "The majority of our foster homes are here in Kearney so just to see that we've had a lot of adoptions and most of them have been right here in our local Kearney."
Former Kearney residents Megan and James Boland say adopting from foster care was an easy decision, and they're glad that they can be part of this landmark event.
"We're excited to truly be able to celebrate National Adoption Month," said new mom Megan Boland. "James was adopted when he was a baby and we have many people in our family who were adopted who celebrate adoption month, so for us to personally celebrate it because we've adopted our children was pretty amazing."
COMPASS currently has about 70 kids in its foster program with more adoptions pending this year.