Team helps children find 'forever families'
BATAVIA, Ohio (Nov. 19, 2014) -- Meet the team in Children's Protective Services’ Permanency Planning Unit.
This dedicated staff, led by Supervisor Julie Jordan, help to find “forever families” for Clermont County’s foster care children who become eligible for adoption. Among them, they have more than 100 years of experience in working with these vulnerable children, noted Julie. The children they are responsible for range from birth to 18 years of age; about 75 are under their care at any one time.
Bobbi Grooms, Cheryl Humphrey, Jaime Vianello, Darlene Young and Sharon Wiesenhahn work directly on adoption cases, while Byron Combs and Carmen Hogel work with older youth who are aging out of the system, and Lori Bowling helps families with subsidies that help with children’s medical issues.
November is a special month for this group – it is National Adoption Awareness Month – and it is also when Julie’s “awesome team” celebrates adoptions finalized in 2014. At a special ceremony Nov. 20, 28 families who adopted 47 children in 2014 will be celebrated!
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(Photo above: Staff members include, from left, Lori Bowling, Darlene Young, Bobbi Grooms, Julie Jordan, Jaime Vianell, and Byron Combs.)