Our first meeting of 2020 featured a presentation about adoption and foster care of South Dakota children.
To describe the January 9th program, we refer to the draft minutes for our Lions meeting of Thursday, January 9th at Grap's in Belle Fourche:
"...we were given a presentation by Damen Woolsey regarding America’s Kids Belong and he identified himself as co-executive director of South Dakota Kids Belong. Some statistics regarding children in 'the system': there are over 400,000 nationwide with 100,000 available for adoptions with the remainder in the foster care system. It is one of the goals of this group to give children a face and a voice insuring that the children are seen as “real.” It is also one of their goals to have the government support their program. There are three other goals:
1) that there are more than enough adoptive parents
2) that there are more than enough foster parents
3) there is more than enough support.
Damen then passed around a sheet for email addresses of those desiring to support the program. A discussion followed regarding some of the difficulties with the “system” as well as some of the successes."
For more details about the meeting, check out our Draft Minutes for January 9th, 2020.