The baby found alive in a plastic bag may have been abandoned by her parents, but now people all over Houston are asking to take her in.
Hospital staff nicknamed the newborn "Chloe". The baby girl is estimated to have been a couple hours old when she was discovered by a woman walking her dog. As CPS, Child Protective Services, tries to find Chloe's birth family, many are asking to adopt her. If you are also wondering how Chloe can become part of your family, get in line. Houstonians have spent all day calling, emailing, asking 'how can I adopt baby Chloe?'. Here's the deal. Having a baby by adopting, fostering or by giving birth all take about the same amount of time.
The little bundle of beauty may have had a pretty ugly start to life but now packs of people want to become her parents. Likely someone already in the process of adopting will become her mom and dad. "Unfortunately we have plenty," says Program Manager of Adoption for Depelchin Children's Center Atasha Kelley-Harris. Kelley-Harris points out while Chloe has captured hearts all over Houston she isn't alone. In fact, there are thousands of area kids in need of a home.
"7,000 children are in foster care in the local Houston and surrounding areas," explains Kelley-Harris. It doesn't matter which agency you choose to work with, if you are interested in giving a child a loving and safe home you start the process by going to an orientation. Depelchin offers several every week. You also have to fill out an application and get a background check. "As well as CPS checks to make sure you haven't had any history of CPS involvement," she says.
So from start to finish how long does the fostering or adoption process take? "We like to give an estimate of approximately nine months, just as if you were birthing your own child," says Kelley-Harris.
On my Facebook page Margaret Sims-Minor says she doesn't have enough money to care for a child. "For families who are concerned about the expense of it, the state does provide that monthly stipend to help provide the care, clothes, food and shelter. There's also healthcare, free healthcare," Kelley-Harris explains.
Facebook friend Vernica Ayers says she and her husband are too old. "We find that for the older children what works best typically is someone even at retirement stage," says Kelley-Harris.
Then there's Brent Miller who says he didn't have a father so he isn't sure if he can be one. Mark Gholston replied he didn't have a father either and adopted his son when he was just 5 months old. That was 8 years ago. The type of person who should become a foster and adopted family is one that has a loving heart".
Kelley-Harris says as much as you are in love with sweet baby "Chloe", remember, there is a desperate need for families to foster or adopt older children and sibling groups.