November 2022 Connects E-News

Family Adopts Foster Son on National Adoption Day

“Wanted. Chosen. Loved. Adopted.” Timmy, who’s almost 12, wore a shirt with these exact words as he became a permanent part of his new family on this year’s National Adoption Day. On November 16 atNational Adoption Day Family Nancy, Billie, and Timmy Petitt-Fourman Franklin County Probate Court, Timmy was one of 13 children in Franklin County who celebrated their adoption finalization during the annual event. It raises awareness about the more than 115,000 children waiting to be adopted from foster care in the United States.

Billie and Nancy Petitt-Fourman, Timmy’s foster and soon-to-be adoptive parents, are beyond excited to make him a permanent part of the family. The Petitt-Fourmans, who live in Greenville, Ohio, have four other children: son Kadyn, 14, daughter Emeri, 2, and two foster sons, ages 17 and 2. Timmy, a star player on his pee wee football team, is the fifth addition to this big, bustling family.

When she first met Timmy in 2021, Billie, who is the director of nursing at an assisted living facility, says she felt an instant connection. “The first day that Timmy came to us, I just kind of knew that he was going to be with us,” she says, adding that her favorite thing about him is the lively way this preteen recounts a tale. “He can tell some stories that’s for sure,” Billie says.

Nancy, who works as a court-appointed guardian for those with special needs, loves Timmy’s goofiness and especially his kindness and compassion. “He has a big heart,” she says. “He will do anything for anybody. He is just a remarkable kid.”

Timmy, originally from Columbus, has had a challenging childhood. The Petitt-Fourmans are grateful to be able to give him a permanent, loving home at long last. “It means the world to me to know that he’s safe and happy,” Nancy says. “That’s all that matters.”

Visit the Dave Thomas Foundation to learn more about National Adoption Day. And to meet the almost 60 children at Franklin County Children Services who are waiting to be adopted, click here.

Grant Holiday Wishes and Spread Black Girl Magic!

It’s time to spread the joy of the holidays by granting children’s wishes! Franklin County Children Services is once again holding its Holiday Wish and Black Girl Magic programs to bring the joy of the season to thousands ofGrant a child's wish this holiday season children served by the agency.

Here’s how Holiday Wish works: Children ages 0 to 10 receive toys valued at $50, while youth ages 11 and older receive gift cards valued at $60. Members of the community can help in several ways:

  • Sponsor a Child: Donors receive wish lists for gifts for children ages 0 to 10, valued at $50. They shop for the gifts, wrap them, and deliver them to Holiday Wish. Donors can sponsor one or more children. To sponsor a child, call (614) 275-2525 or email fccsholidaywish@fccs.us.

  • Donate a Toy: Individuals and groups may also contribute new, unwrapped toys and gifts of their choice or hold a toy drive. Donations can be delivered to Holiday Wish Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 855 W. Mound Street, Columbus, OH 43223.

  • Donate Cash or a Gift Card: Make a donation online or send a check made payable to the Franklin County Children’s Fund to attention: Holiday Wish at the address above. (Donations to Holiday Wish are processed through the Franklin County Children’s Fund.) Donate a gift card to a retailer such as Walmart or Target. We’re also accepting gift cards from grocery stores and restaurants to provide family meals.

Help Holiday Wish provide culturally specific gifts to children under agency care. Make a purchase from the Black Girl Magic wish list on Amazon.com and have them sent to the agency or donate gifts of your choice. You can drop off gifts during our Black Girl Magic event at The Que Studio (1278 E. Main Street) on December 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.

We’re counting on the community to help make the holidays bright for children. Visit the Holiday Wish website to learn more!

 

Tips for Cooking with Kids

Cooking with your children can be a fun, educational, and delicious way for you to spend quality time together. Not only will you have a yummy dish after the experience (hopefully), but kids will have an opportunityCooking with kids can be safe and fun to develop their math and reading skills while they read directions and measure ingredients. You can also teach children about nutrition and allow them to explore new and different foods. Involving kids in the meal planning process or letting them pick a recipe is a great way for them to learn how to prepare ahead of time and develop organizational skills. Now is a perfect time, with the holidays upon us, to get your kitchen kid ready so cooking can be a safe and fun activity for your family. Below are some helpful tips from PBS Kids for cooking with kids:

  • Create a safe place where kids can cook
  • Wash hands before you start cooking
  • Always supervise kids closely
  • Set-up clear rules about the stove
  • Read and follow directions
  • Practice math as you measure and stir
  • Siblings or groups of kids can take turns doing the same step
  • Make set-up and clean-up part of the routine  

For more information about cooking safely with kids, visit PBS Kids For Parents.

FCCS Insider: Junior League of Columbus Honors Franklin County Children Services

The Junior League of Columbus recently honored Franklin County Children Services (FCCS) and others for their outstanding work in the community through providing resources, kinship care and adoption services. FCCS caseworker DericFCCS Caseworker Deric Cobb and Junior League of Columbus President Jennifer Shea Cobb accepted the award on behalf of the agency during the Junior League’s Centennial Celebration this past August. The league works with teens involved with FCCS’s youth transition services program as their current focus is helping Ohio youth who are aging out of foster care.

Founded in 1923, the League will officially celebrate 100 years of service in Franklin County in February 2023. They have sponsored events all year in recognition of the centennial celebration. They are housed at the historic Kelton House located at 586 E. Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. For more information about the Junior League of Columbus, click here

 

Upcoming Events

November - National Adoption Month
National Adoption Month is a time to focus on the children in foster care who are waiting for a permanent family. Click here to view a searchable list of FCCS adoptable kids.

November 16 - National Adoption Day Celebration
FCCS will observe National Adoption Day by finalizing the adoptions of several children under agency care at the Franklin County Probate Court.

Now through December - Holiday Wish
Holiday Wish
855 W. Mound Street
Columbus, OH 43223

Help make holiday wishes come true for children under the care of FCCS by making a donation. We are once again accepting donations of new toys! For more information or to donate:

Call Holiday Wish at (614) 275-2525.

December 7 - Black Girl Magic Event
Black Girl Magic Toy Drive Drop-off 
6-8 p.m.
The Que Studio
1278 E. Main Street
Columbus, OH 43205

Help FCCS provide culturally specific gifts that celebrate the unique identities of the children of color whom we serve. Drop off your gift at the Black Girl Magic Toy Drive on December 7. You can also visit Amazon.com to purchase items from our Black Girl Magic Wish ListClick here to learn more.