KOLR10’s partnership with the Missouri Department of Social Services allows us to feature foster children who are waiting to be adopted. Every Wednesday, we’ll introduce you to a child waiting for a place to call home.
Caden, 8, loves to roller skate. We took him to MediaCom Ice Park to ice skate for the first time. He was brave and determined. Qualities social services said says a lot about his personality. He’s also a comedian.
“Why didn’t the skeleton cross the road?” Caden asked. “Because he didn’t have the guts to do it! Get it? He doesn’t have guts because he’s just bones.”
While he knew the camera was there to watch him have fun, he also knew someone else may be watching.
“I am looking for a home for me,” Caden said. “If anyone wants me, watch this.” He took off across the rink trying to impress.
Recess is his favorite subject in school because he gets to practice for his future career. He wants to be a professional basketball player.
For his immediate future, he hopes to soon be with a new family to call his own. He wants them to be nice and kind.
“Just find a home for me, please,” Caden sighed.
According to the Missouri Department of Social Services, there are more than 13,000 children in foster care in the state, with about 1,200 up for adoption. There are nearly 100 kids waiting for a place to call home in Greene County alone.
There is always a need for foster homes, especially for children ages six and older. Recruiting families for older children can be more challenging than finding a place for an infant.
Every family will need to be licensed before more information can be shared with them about a specific child.
Terry Saddler, with the Missouri Department of Social Services, answers all foster and adoptive licensing questions. You can reach her at (417) 895-7831. You can also look at frequently asked questions on the Missouri Department of Social Services website.