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Family Finds Love & Joy In 3 Adoptions


DES MOINES (KWWL)-- "It's not always the traditional route, but this is more beautiful to us than we could have ever imagined," says new Iowa adoptive Mother, Kimberly Schreck.

November is National Adoption Month, and all throughout the month,  agencies like IowaKidsNet and the Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association have been working hard to get the word out about foster care and adoption.

In Iowa courtrooms, adoption proceedings are usually closed sessions. But, on National Adoption Day, last Saturday in Des Moines, somewhat of a rarity in Iowa adoption courtroom proceedings. Polk County District Court Judge Don Nickerson, with permission from the family, let me bring my camera into his courtroom to videotape the legal adoption of three Iowa siblings.

The three children included two-year old Joseph, his three-year old sister, Anna and the oldest brother, six-year old Chris. It was the culmination of months of efforts.  An adoption finalization in court for the three kids, being adopted by two Iowa teachers, Kimberly and Andy Schreck, whom, as foster parents, first met the children last February.

Andy says, "We had been foster parents for a couple of years, and actually, the very first kids we took in were these three. And, we took them not knowing we would have the opportunity to adopt them. When they asked us, would you be willing to keep these guys forever, we said, yes."

Kimberly echoed Andy statements, as she held two-year old Joseph. "I'm in love with him, and I could eat him up. He's made me, he and his brother and sister have made me happier and feel more joy than I ever thought was possible."

Also in the courtroom is well-known Des Moines area attorney Mike Bandstra. Mike is a great friend of Iowa children and one of the foremost child advocates in Iowa. He is always in their corner, as is Attorney Michelle Saveraid, who grew up in Gilbertville. Michelle is their Guardian Ad Litem, appointed by the court to advocate for the best interests of the children.

Michelle says, "Days like today are kind of the culmination of those efforts. Always ensuring safety of children. Advocating for their mental health needs. Advocating for their educational needs. And, as I stated earlier, for permanency for them. A forever family for them. So they know when they wake up in the morning who will be that person for them every day and when they go to bed at night."

Says Andy, "The kids that need these homes; you can't say no. It's just about getting yourself into the system. And, once you're there, it's hard to say no, because these kids are so amazing, and they just flourish with love and it's just amazing."

"There are so many beautiful kids that need homes and you can mean the world to them.  And, they will mean the world to you. So, take the risk. You know, it's definitely an adventure. It's an adventure, but it's worth it. Every minute," Kimberly says.

For more information about foster care and adoption in Iowa, contact the foster care and adoptions specialists at IowaKidsNet.  IowaKidsNet also has a toll free phone number: 1-800-243-0756.

You can also contact the Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association. IFAPA also has a toll free number; 1-800-277-8145.

Online Reporter:  Ron Steele





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