Tuesday's Child: Reed family's adoption sets new precedent
Courtesy: Hope and Home
COLORADO SPRINGS -
A family from the San Luis Valley is setting a new precedent for adoptions in the state of Colorado. Steve and Annie Reed wanted to open their home to seven-year-old Elena from Douglas County, but logistics between two counties made it seem impossible.
"Neither county was willing to license us," said Annie Reed. "They approved us as a family to adopt Elena."
Not wanting to pass up a family willing to adopt, the State Department of Human Services reached out to El Paso County agency, Hope and Home.
Hope and Home shortened the usually months long licensing process to just 24 hours. Elena became part of the Reed family in December.
"She feels like she was born to us," said Steve Reed. "We feel the exact same way about her as we do with our other three."
Not long after becoming licensed foster family, the Reeds got a phone call. "The same county that had a hard time licensing us, asking if we would be willing to take in some kids that needed at home," said Annie.
A week before Christmas, the Reeds took in a two year old boy and a three year old girl. "We're hoping by Christmas this year they'll be a part of our family forever," Annie said.
Word about the Reed family's story is spreading fast. In the weeks following their certification more than 20 families from all over the state have signed up to be foster families through Hope and Home. The organization is on track to double in size by the end of 2016.