Every month MTN News features a child in Montana who is waiting to find their forever family as part of our “A Waiting Child” program.
This month A Waiting Child takes us to Missoula to meet 11-year-old Joseph who loves Legos.
"Joseph is an 11-year-old boy who has been through quite a few challenges but he is sweet and fun and amazing," said case manager Heidi Day. "He has a kind soul and truly a nice little gentleman."
"What I like to do for fun is I like to play legos, bakugans, beyblades," Joseph said. "What I like to build is characters, trucks, cars, buildings. What I am looking for in a family who is open-hearted, sweet, kind, and spends quality time with me. I like playing video games because you get to build cities, you get to build stuff, you get to build ancient wonders and it is very fun."
"A good family for Joseph would be somebody that is kind-hearted and sweet and nurturing, somebody that is going to be there for him and provide for him and give him a good family," Day said.
To learn more about Joseph and other children awaiting adoption across the state, visit your MTN station’s website and search “A Waiting Child.”
For more information about adoption and/or fostering, contact the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services at 1-866-9-FOSTER. Children who are available for adoption through the Child & Family Services Division of the DPHHS have been removed from their own families because of abuse, neglect, or other family problems that make it unsafe for them to remain at home. The rights of their parents have been terminated making the children available for adoption.
Who May Adopt? Either married couples or single adults who have an approved pre-placement evaluation or adoptive home study may adopt in the State of Montana.
How do I get a home study? If you live in Montana, you may begin the process by contacting your of Child & Family Services. If you live outside of Montana, contact your state or local office that provide these services.
What about training? Montana Child and Family Services require and provide special training to all of our foster and adoptive parents. The training is offered at various times and places around the State of Montana.