In the last two years, when Clermont County Job and Family Services began devoting a full-time person to recruiting adoptive families for older children, five children have found “forever families” – including three siblings who were placed with one family. Five more are awaiting adoption finalization.
Since October 2012, Sharon Wiesenhahn has been Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter for Clermont County.
“Dave Thomas once said, ‘These children are not someone else’s responsibility. They are our responsibility.’ I believe that too. They come into the system through no fault of their own,” said Wiesenhahn. “There are so many myths about adopting older children in foster care, and part of my job is to help dispel that.”