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DFCS looking for families to adopt

July 14, 2003

Dougherty County- Four-year-old Katrina Crenshaw is too young to know, but adoption changed her life.

"It says adoption is for always," said Venitra Crenshaw as she looked over a children's book with Katrina.

"We decided it was something we thought that God had placed in our heart," Crenshaw said.

Crenshaw and her husband Milton adopted Katrina and her two older sisters, Yvette, 7, and Kashena, 9, in January.

"You are now officially Crenshaws," she said reminiscing about the official adoption day.

But the girls have been a part of the Crenshaw family since they took them in as foster children four years ago.Katrina was only five months old.

"She don't know anyone else," Crenshaw said. "This is us. This is mommy and daddy."

In Dougherty County, there's more than 200 children in the foster system. So the Department of Family and Children Services are trying to recruit more families.

"I'm here to sound the drum, to do a wake up call," said Rev. W.C. Martin, an adoption advocate from Texas.

Martin and his wife adopted four children in the past six years. His church in Texas followed. With a congregation of less than 200 people, Martin's church has since adopted 86 children.

"We want to let our community know that there are kids out there that need to be loved, who want to be loved and we want to make them aware that they are ready to be loved," said Linda Johnson, with the Department of Family and Children Services.

"This way they have the permanency, life can be whole again," Crenshaw said. Something Katrina and her sisters will know for the rest of their lives.

If you're interested in being a foster parent or adoption, call Linda Johnson with the Department of Family and Children Services at 229-430-3269.

posted at 10 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com