Scheer, vice president of the Illinois Hospital and HealthSystems
Association, joined Bob Klutts, chief executive officer of Touchette
Regional Hospital in announcing the addition of four hospitals to
the statewide Corporate Partnership for Recruitment of Adoptive
St. Louis Area Hospitals Join
Statewide Campaign to Find
Adoptive Homes for Illinois Children
ST. LOUIS, SEPTEMBER 20, 1999 -– Four Southern Region hospitals recently
joined statewide efforts to find adoptive homes for children in the East
St. Louis, Alton, and Belleville areas. The addition of Touchette Regional
Hospital, St. Mary’s of East St. Louis, Alton Memorial Hospital and
St. Elizabeth’s of Belleville increases the number of hospitals participating
in the Corporate Partnership for Recruitment of Adoptive Families to 44.
joined the Corporate Partnership to meet the real needs of children –
finding a permanent place for them to call home," said Bob Klutts,
chief executive officer of Touchette Regional Hospital. "What better
place to search out potential adoptive parents than a major facility that
posseses caring individuals who want children as much as children want
and need stability."
participating hospital collaborates with a local child welfare agency
or the Department of Children and Family Services. The agencies working
with the new partners include Catholic Social Services of Belleville,
Children’s Home and Aid Society, Hoylton Youth and Family Services,
DCFS and Volunteers of America.
the 1998 launching of the statewide initiative, over 50,000 hospital employees
have been reached and 14 children in the East St. Louis, Alton and Belleville
areas have been matched with adoptive families. Approximately 60 children
are available for adoption in these areas.
are excited about this new relationship with these hospitals from the
Southern Region," said DCFS Director Jess McDonald. "Their involvement
continues to expand our capability to obtain interested and qualified
families who desire to meet the needs of children awaiting adoption."
a result of an increased effort by DCFS and other private agencies to
find permanent placements for available children, statewide statistics
show 7,315 DCFS wards were adopted in FY99, tripling the number of adoptions
is an option to all that qualify, including married couples, single males
or females, renters and homeowners. Financial and technical adoption assistance
may be available both before and after a child in DCFS care is adopted.
questions or assistance with the adoption process, contact the adoption
hotline at (800) 572-2390.
in 1998, the Corporate Partnership for Recruitment of Adoptive Families
is a statewide adoption recruitment initiative that targets hospital employees
as potential adoptive families. It is a premiere example of DCFS’
determination to expedite the process of adoption and provide a supportive
environment for families who want to adopt.