Metro-East Living

Hanna, 15, wants to be part of a family

Hanna is looking for a forever family.
Hanna is looking for a forever family.

Hanna is a young lady looking for a forever family. She is eager to be adopted, according to Holly Kieu, recruiter for the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition.

“Hanna said, ‘I want to have fun and be part of a family!”’

Here is more of what Holly learned about Hanna:

“Hanna is a respectful and affectionate 15 year old. As a people person, she gets along well with others and makes friends easily. Hanna is described as an intelligent child who listens to her teachers, enjoys school, and receives good grades. With a love for animals, Hanna enjoys playing with dogs and cats. She also enjoys playing outside, coloring, and watching her favorite television shows.”

There are close to 15,000 children in Illinois placed in out-of-home care with almost 500 in St. Clair County. The community needs more families to help care for these children. Being removed from their home is traumatic for children, but keeping them in their own community can benefit children by providing familiarity.

Children in foster care stay with their foster homes temporarily until they can safely return to their biological families. Sometimes safe return is not possible and children may need an adoptive placement. Social workers are seeking an adoptive family for Hanna. She would benefit from a loving, patient, and nurturing family who will provide her with a structured and stable environment.

Before accepting children into their home, foster parents must complete a licensing process. The process takes approximately six months to complete and includes in-home visits with a worker, background checks, medical examinations, and training. Foster parents receive a monthly assistance of $418-$511 to help care for the child’s needs. Daycare assistance for children under the age of 13 is also provided as well as the child’s medical, dental and prescription costs.

For more information about Hanna or information about becoming a foster parent, please call Holly or Jan at 1-800-FOSTER3 (367-8373).