Today's Wednesday's Child is not giving up his hope of being adopted, and so we aren't either. This will be Kenneth's 5th time on our program... And honestly, we can't figure out why no one is taking him home.
January of '05 was our first meeting with Kenneth at Gamewerks. He was then, and is today...still a friendly guy with a lot of energy.
Exactly a year later, Kenneth again. We shared some donuts and good conversation at Krispy Kreem.
A year-and-a-half later in August of '06... Kenneth and I had fun at Polly's Park.
Then at the Speedway several months later in '07.
Now here it is, March of '08 and Kenneth makes his 5th appearance... He's still smiling, but it bothers him that he has not been adopted.
"I'm sad and mad." "Why?" "Like I'm sad that I haven't had a family yet... (and you're mad too? ) yeah... 'cause I failed."
Of course, it's not his fault, but caseworkers say Kenneth's point of view is understandable.
"You know what -- I think it's natural to feel that way, because that's the way a child's brain would, uh, see that, but it's not true, it's not true at all, it's about finding the family that's a good match for him," says Constance, an adoption recruiter for the County's Division of Family Services.
Kenneth and Jerome, whom we featured two weeks ago, made instantaneous friends at the park.
Constance says Kenneth has built up emotional walls...so..."He's gonna test 'em because of the multiple placements. Because of being in the system in the first place, but if it could be a family that could be flexible, um, calm, and committed...and just stay committed to him."
But there is so much about Kenneth that's positive.
"He's very intelligent, very intelligent, high academics, um, and he's spontaneous, and at a given moment, he's funny. He's funny, he has a lot of energy, um, he actually is a great kid...he just needs somebody that can be flexible, calm, and be deeply committed to him," says Constance. "With the right family, i could see him going far. He just needs a family that will hang tough with him, be structured, but be nurturing at the same time," she adds.
Kenneth is absolutely free and clear for adoption. If you would want to get started in the process of adopting Kenneth, call the local office of the Adoption Exchange now at 436-6335.