National Adoption Month: Local family adopts seven children through area organization

The Dickson family adopted seven children through the Ennis Center for Children. (Photo: Danielle Dickson)

Flint, Mich-- Danielle Dickson says her blended family is what she always imagined.

She and her children all share something in common, they were adopted.

“My mother and father were foster and adoptive parents and I have eight adopted brothers and sisters and my husband was in foster care from the age of 14," said Dickson.

When she married her husband they vowed to love each and to adopt. So far the couple has seven adopted children, one biological child and has fostered more than 25 children throughout the years.

All of Danielle’s children were adopted from the Ennis Center for Children in downtown Flint.

“The goal is usually to reunify with the family but that doesn’t always happen," said Program Director Joleen Beagle.

That’s when previous foster and adoptive parents step in to fill the void.

“It’s such a great process for child to see this process all the way through and have a family," said Beagle.

Not every story has a happy ending, according to Beagle in Michigan there are about 2,600 children waiting to be adopted.

80 to a 100 of them are living in Genesee County alone.

“We’re really trying to raise awareness to recruit foster parents and adoptive parents to provide a child with permanence and safety,” said Beagle

Beagle says for public adoptions the state will offset most of the costs, meaning all perspective parents need is a background check and lots of love.

“I mean you can love any child if you can open your mind to that you can have the perfect family," said Dickson.

If you would like to foster or adopt, you can start the process here.

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