Governor proclaims November as Adoption Month
By The Star Staff
Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia on Wednesday proclaimed November as Adoption Month, in an event where 14 families made the adoption of minors official.
“As a people, we want a family for every boy, girl and young person in our land; a family that loves, protects and guides them along the path of good,” Pierluisi said in a written statement.
Family Secretary Ciení Rodríguez Troche highlighted the excitement of the minors and the commitment to creating new families.
“I am a witness to the blessing of these families when they meet and create an emotional bond based on love,” she said.
During the event, the stories of Jessica Rivera and José García, who adopted 7-year-old Josnier, and Bianca Withcolck and Jorge Ginestre, adoptive parents of 10-year-old Abigail and 9-year-old Ithan, were shared.
Glenda Gerena Ríos, head of the Families and Children Administration (ADFAN by its Spanish acronym), pointed out that adoption provides confidence to minors in state custody.
“At ADFAN we promote the adoption of older children and groups of siblings,” Gerena Ríos said. “This year we have achieved projects that promote adoption and several minors have found a home.”
The governor urged those interested in adopting to contact the Family Department’s Auxiliary Administration for Foster Care and Adoption. Currently, there are 312 families registered in the State Voluntary Adoption Registry, and 146 minors ready for adoption, of which 109 are over 8 years old.
Pierluisi called on citizens to consider adoption during Adoption Month, emphasizing that it is a rewarding love alternative for both parties.