CSS an as­set to this com­mu­nity

The Citizens' Voice - - Editorial -

Edi­tor: My wife and I are the proud par­ents of an amaz­ing lit­tle 3-year-old girl, Is­abella.

My wife and I suf­fered from fer­til­ity is­sues. We in­ves­ti­gated adop­tion only to find out it could cost $10,000. We were about to give up when a friend stated that for less than ten thou­sand dol­lars you can adopt through Catholic So­cial Ser­vices. Af­ter some time, we re­ceived a call that a 7-month-old girl who was born pos­i­tive for drugs was avail­able to foster with the strong pos­si­bil­ity to adopt. We were fi­nally able to adopt her legally May 24, 2017. The staff at Catholic So­cial Ser­vices were amaz­ing through the whole process and be­cause we fos­tered to adopt the cost of the whole process went down to less than $3,000. Catholic So­cial Ser­vices is a tremen­dous as­set to this com­mu­nity for peo­ple look­ing to adopt or foster.

Now for the bad news. We were in­formed by our case­worker re­cently that Catholic So­cial Ser­vices of the Dio­cese of Scran­ton will be clos­ing the Adop­tion and Foster Care Pro­grams. Al­though they do not have the ex­act date of clo­sure, the tran­si­tion planning is tak­ing place.

Af­ter re­ply­ing to the email from our case­worker on how sad we were, she replied.

“A lot of fam­i­lies have been writ­ing let­ters, shar­ing their sto­ries and fam­ily pics with the three in­di­vid­u­als be­low. I hon­estly don’t know if it is go­ing to help, but at this point it cer­tainly won’t hurt ei­ther. So if you, Su­san and other mem­bers of your fam­i­lies feel so in­clined to reach out and share your ex­pe­ri­ence with (The Most Rev. Bishop Joseph C. Bam­bera, Sec­re­tary for Catholic Hu­man Ser­vices Mary Theresa Vautrinot and Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Catholic So­cial Ser­vices in Ha­zle­ton Neil Oberto) it would be ap­pre­ci­ated.”

Andrew Lake WEST PITTSTON

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