The reason why the Agostinos decided to adopt from China, according to Karen, is because there is a large network of families that are in the area. She said there are local families that have adopted children from China and she feels that will provide friends for her children.
“They can relate to the culture,” she said.
Milford had a Chinese Mandarin language and culture program for a couple of years. However, Karen said, the instructor of the language classes moved and classes have been stopped.
“We would love to find someone else to teach the classes,” she said.
Karen said many parents and those interested in the culture still get together for various activities such as the Autumn Moon Festival and the Chinese New Year.
Karen said she is so happy with the decision to adopt.
“It takes some adjusting, but they are doing wonderfully now,” Karen said.
The Agostinos adopted in May. November is recognized as National Adoption Month. The Milford couple chose to adopt through an agency, but there are several options for those looking to adopt.
According to Eve Bouboulis, deputy commissioner of the Otsego County Department of Social Services, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services website, http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/, provides many resources.
Adoption.com is also committed to helping as many children as possible find loving, permanent homes. According to its website, while observing Adoption Awareness Month all adoption-related issues are important, the particular focus of the month is the adoption of children in foster care.
The website says the first major effort to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for children in the foster care system occurred in Massachusetts. In 1976, then-Gov. Mike Dukakis proclaimed Adoption Week and the idea grew in popularity and spread throughout the nation. President Gerald Ford made the first National Adoption Week proclamation, and in 1990, the week was expanded to a month because of the number of states participating and the growing number of events.