Special Needs Adoption and Permanency Services

OUR MISSION: To support children in foster care who have special needs, to decrease the time they wait for permanent families, and to expand the geographical boundaries in which the best adoptive families may be found.

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About the Wednesday's Child Program

 

Each week, the news anchors of two Idaho television stations introduce a pre-recorded segment of a youth interacting with a news anchor. They may be feeding ducks, working on scrapbooks, painting ceramics or eating ice cream sundaes as they chat about school, favorite sports, a recent award or how long the child has waited in foster care for an adoptive family. This child-specific adoption program is accomplished through contracts and private foundation grants with Special Needs Adoptive Parent Services, Inc. (SNAPS), a charitable non-profit corporation. SNAPS brings the voices and faces of waiting children into the living rooms of families who might want to adopt them - one face, one story, one dream at a time.

The broadcast areas for the two network stations, KTVB News Channel 7 in Boise, KIFI Local News 8 in Idaho Falls, cover major viewing areas in the Northwest.

Families in several communities will also read a weekly Wednesday's Child column in their local newspaper. Topped by a professional portrait of that week's waiting child, the column may also include a personal written message from each child to prospective families. (Please see Trevor's message.)

Each column is built upon a youth’s unique strengths and capabilities, with input coming directly from the child as well as an adoption social worker and/or foster parent. Challenges are expressed in a "needs" list of parenting knowledge or skills that will build success for that particular child. The image, child message and parenting criteria help families make an emotional connection while matching their abilities to a particular child's needs.

With the click of a computer mouse, families inside and outside the United States can view portraits and personality sketches at www.idahowednesdayschild.org. They may also view a digital file of the Wednesday's Child television segment, if one is available. Families may also call a toll-free line to be connected with the child's agency or to receive information about how to complete an adoption home study and special needs training.

The most unique aspect of this adoption promotion program is that the Wednesday's Child program and two participating Idaho television stations share promotional resources within the Northwest. These innovative collaborations create a special synergy that spells success for children. The outcomes are more qualified families to choose from, quicker placements, and committed parents who know how to put children first in their lives.

The core partnership between state agencies and SNAPS is dedicated to the development, nurturing, and coordination of multiple government and private collaborative relationships in order to reduce barriers to adoption. The project has powered a dramatic increase in adoptive placements for children who might otherwise have spent precious childhood years moving from one temporary home to another.

On average, 70-75 children are served by SNAPS each year. Nearly 75 percent of website listings were deactivated by caseworkers because of a permanent family placement decision. These placements include adoption by families known to the child (foster parents, teachers, mentors, etc.), adoption by recruited families, guardianships and alternative permanent family arrangements.

Business and government leaders support Wednesday's Child without reservation. Community in-kind contributions of goods and services top $250-300,000 annually. Over ninety businesses and agencies have contributed admission, materials, time and remembrance gifts for waiting children since SNAPS, Inc. was established in 2002. The most unique aspect of this program, however, does not lie in statistics. Its success lies in community ownership of a solution that money can't buy...lifetime commitment to a child who wants to belong to a family.

For a History of the Idaho Wednesday's Child program in Idaho, click here.