Iowa District Court Judge Richard Blane recently had some very special visitors in his courtroom.
It was the day foster parent and now single Mom, Tammy Gilmore, of Carlisle, has been waiting, hoping and praying would finally arrive. It's the day Tammy gets to adopt 3-year old Alexander.
Judge Blane proclaims, "The adoption by Tamara Gilmore of Alexander, should be and is hear by approved."
Tammy says of Alexander, "He came to me when he was 14-months old. He just turned three, and this has been a long, long haul. It's amazing. I can't even describe in words what it feels like. It just fills my heart. It does."
Alexander was one of Iowa's many ‘Waiting Children.' These kids are legally free for adoption by loving families. Helping Iowa children inside the foster care system is Gilbertville native, Michelle Saveraid. She's a Des Moines Attorney and Court-appointed Guardian Ad Litem for many Iowa children, just like 3-year old Alexander:
Michelle says, "I have clients coming into the system as young a newborns and some coming in as old as 17. So, for juveniles, they're all ages, and so, there's such a need for a variety of different homes for them and different families to take them in and provide them with structure we see every day that they respond to."
It's always an emotional scene in the courtroom on adoption day, and one Tammy hopes to repeat.
Tammy adds, "There's kids out there that deserve dependable, loving adults, caring adults in their lives, and there are lots of caring adults, if they have any questions about becoming a foster parents. They should really, just look into it. So, will you adopt again. Absolutely, I will."
For more information on becoming a foster or adoptive parent, please contact IowaKidsNet on the toll free number, 1-800-243-0756 or online at: www.iowakidsnet.org.