Grandmother gives granddaughters a new start, adopts them as her own
On Saturday, 150 kids across Nebraska will join new families. This is all part of a nationwide effort to find love, safety and a permanent home for kids who don't have it. National Adoption Day is designed to bring attention to the countless kids nationwide who need loving homes, and a day to celebrate newly cemented families.
"Some children don't have that love and care. I just feel that I can give it to them," said Roslyn Olson, who never expected to be raising kids again in her 50s.
However, when her granddaughters Chloe, 8, and Kynadee, 2, found themselves in need of a loving home, she knew what she had to do.
"I wanted to protect the girls and give them a stable home. Make sure they had food in their bellies and the love a care that every child deserves," Roslyn said.
It was a process that took over a year, starting as a foster parent, but now Roslyn is officially their adoptive mom.
"I think adoption is a choice a lot of people should make in life, because kids do need a forever home. They need to be safe, they need to know that someone's going to love them, be there for them, respect them like they should be respected," Roslyn said.
The sisters are among the 395 that have already been adopted in Nebraska in 2017, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Children and Family Services Administrator for DHHS, Casey Smith, said Chloe and Kynadee are among several who were adopted by someone they already know.
"Every change is tremendous to a kiddo, but at least with a relative of kinship they are at least known to the child," Smith said.
Roslyn says adjusting to this new life hasn't been a walk in the park, but it's a decision she will never regret.
"I'm still their grandma, but now I'm their forever mom and they have a forever home," Roslyn said.
If you are interested in adopting or fostering a child, you can reach out to your local DHHS office.
Adoption Day Events for November 18, 2017:
Kearney: United Methodist Church; 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Grand Island: E-Free Church; 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Hastings: YMCA; 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Adoption Day events are open to all adoptive families and anyone interested in adopting a child.