More than 1,000 kids are up for adoption in Missouri. Michael is one of them.
Our cameras often caught the 13-year-old standing in awe, listening to the Greene County Sheriff’s Deputies. Afterall, he aspires to be one of them. He spent the day learning how they protect and who they protect, as he toured the courthouse.
Cpl. James Craigmyle also showed Michael his patrol vehicle. Michael was surprised to see his K9 partner, Lor, in the back. He’d like his adoptive family to have a puppy.
“I want a K9 to train,” Michael said.
Each deputy Michael met took time to talk to him and encourage him. He learned every deputy has a different role to get the daily duties done. Routines are important to Michael. He said he wants his future family to have one.
“Not a sloppy one, like I don’t care, go roam the streets go do whatever you want,” Michael said. “I don’t want that. I want not too strict. I want a strict family like to make sure no, you have to do this at this time, don’t do this at that time.”
He would also like his adoptive parents to be patient.
“They should know that I’m helpful,” Michael said. “Sometimes I’m mad. I’m disrespectful sometimes, but whenever you get to know me, I’m pretty happy.”
We noticed Michael is courteous. He held open every door throughout the tour. We asked what being adopted means to him.
“I would be happy,” Michael said. “Finally get out of residential. Try to have a good life and try to be a police officer.”
Thank you to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office for allowing Michael to see firsthand what his dream job entails.
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.