Wednesday’s Child – Profiles of youth centers

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Every week we feature kids who are up for adoption, we call them our Wednesday kids.

Tonight, Lori Hutchinson talks with our Child Wednesday partner, Foster Adopt Connect, about a new program that gives kids more control when they connect with families.

“They want to be adopted, but they don’t like the way it’s done,” says adoption specialist Jordan Johnson. “They are uncomfortable.”

This is where a new program called Youth Center Profiles comes in. Johnson says it gives teens a chance to control their recruitment. It is a collaborative process that empowers the child.

“We meet a few times and get to know the kids and they tell us what they want recruiting to look like, which is important to them,” Johnson explained. “It’s different from our photo list when we get a photo and write a story about them. They decide that story.

Johnson said the response has been positive as children get behind the wheel to navigate their own future.

“Instead of feeling like they don’t have control over how they’re perceived online or what adoption recruitment will look like for them. They have the opportunity to work together, collaborate and be heard.

If you can give a child their own family, call Adopt Kansas Kids at 877-457-5430 or go to They also feature children on the Adopt Kansas Kids Facebook page.

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