IL, NOVEMBER 19, 1997 -- Quinn and Chester Morris of Rockford are
the proud parents of 10 adopted children. Six of them were adopted
in the past 14 months.
Dorothy Adams of Maple Park is not far behind. Adams, a retired hospital
employee, recently adopted a sibling group of seven children in July.
of these special families were honored Wednesday as the Illinois Department
of Children and Family Services and the Saint Paul Missionary Baptist
Church hosted the annual meeting of the One Church One Child Adoption
One Child is a unique church/state partnership that challenges primarily
African-American churches to recruit at least one family from their
congregation to adopt a child. The program began with one church in
1980 and has grown to more than 2,200 congregations statewide.
the program began, more than 1,200 African-American children were
waiting to be adopted statewide," noted Rev. Peter Frank Williams,
pastor of the Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Freeport. ADue
to the efforts of the board of directors of One Church One Child,
DCFS and participating congregations, more than 6,070 children have
been adopted since 1980. Today, there are only 375 African-American
children in Illinois waiting for families.@
children are of all ages and backgrounds. AThe number of African-American
infants waiting for adoption statewide is fewer than 20 at any given
time,@ said Addie Hudson, State Director of One Church One Child.
AHowever, a special emphasis is placed on older children who are difficult
to place because of their age and special needs. We also stress the
importance of placing sibling groups together.@
the meeting, Rev. Williams and the One Church One Child board members
presented the Adoptive Parents of the Year awards.
Parent of the Year award was presented to the Morrises. Quinn, who
works for the Rockford school district, and Chester, who is a minister,
were honored for their work with the five boys and five girls they
have adopted over the years. All 10 children, ranging in age from
15 months to 12 years of age, attended the news conference Wednesday.
also presented an Adoptive Parent of the Year award to Adams. Adams
recently adopted a sibling group of one boy and six girls ranging
in age from three to 12 years.
Williams says Quinn, Chester, and Dorothy were chosen as Adoptive
Parents of the Year because of their dedication, love and willingness
to accept the challenge of becoming adoptive parents to children in
need of loving, stable homes.
Williams, Hudson, and the One Church One Child board members also
introduced children currently waiting to be adopted.
information on adoption, please contact the Adoption Information Center
of Illinois at 1-800-572-2390.