Overwhelming national interest in five Kansas siblings seeking adoption is drawing prospective parents to other children needing homes, a state official said Tuesday.
“It’s definitely started the conversation” about adopting — even among people with slim or no chance of taking in the five siblings made famous by a recent “Family Wanted” appeal in The Star, said Theresa Freed, spokeswoman for the Kansas Department for Children and Families.
Freed said several interested households already have been identified as good fits for siblings Olive, Landon, Layla, Preston and Bradley, who are ages 2 to 11. Some families may enjoy a head start, having completed the 10-week training course for adoptive parents in Kansas, she said.
While Freed encouraged prospective parents to keep inquiring about the siblings if their interest is serious, their finances are up to it and their residences are large enough, she noted that the staff at AdoptKSKids.org — an online adoptive exchange — this week began steering hundreds of users to think of other needy children to love.