(Seguin) -- Did you know that there are 35 children and teens in Guadalupe County who are waiting to be adopted? In hopes of pairing up these kids with their forever families, the Guadalupe County Commissioners Court has declared, Saturday, November 18, 2018 as Adoption Day in Guadalupe County.
County Commissioner Greg Seidenberger says with a population pushing approximately 155,000 people, it seems a bit odd to still have 35 county residents without families.
"This is the first time we've really done the adoption proclamation. Really, when you think about it, you say there's 35 children or young adults looking to be adopted in our community. That's not a great number, but it is a great number because if you're one of those 35, it's the only number that matters," said Seidenberger.
Seidenberger says it's important for the community to come together and raise awareness about the number of children and teens who are still waiting.
"Thankfully, in this community we have churches. We have organizations. We have individuals that are committed to caring, to loving, to giving these children a place for safety, a place to grow, a place to have home and a place to have family. So the emphasis on adoption can not be neglected. We have to continue to do that to be a strong caring community. So I'm really thankful to all the agencies that promote, that work hard for adoption. I encourage them to continue it," said Seidenberger.
Seidenberger says there is a special need for parents who are willing to adopt siblings, older youth and kids with complex medical or behavioral needs.
"If individuals can contribute to their churches, to their organizations, volunteering, (donating) monetarily or even fostering, that's just such a beautiful thing for our community. Wouldn't that be wonderful? What a Christmas present? What a Thanksgiving present to find adoptive homes, adoptive parents, loving, caring, wouldn't that be great? I just wish that those kids could find that and I hope that they will," said Seidenberger.
The signing of the proclamation by Guadalupe County is also in observance of November which is National Adoption Month.