Parents want to spread awareness about adoption


GREENVILLE, Pitt County - "It's been something I've always wanted to do but I didn't know exactly how to get involved," said Caretta Lee.

She's talking about adoption.

Her husband Richard and her started fostering three years ago. They welcomed their son Carter into their home as an infant. He's now a toddler who loves to run around. They officially adopted him last year.

With November being Adoption Awareness Month, the Lee family is participating in a Public Service Announcement the Department of Social Services and the Public Information Office of Pitt County is producing. The goal is to give children in Pitt County a home, just in time for the holidays.

According to Jan Elliott, the Director of Social Services for Pitt County, there's 180 kids in the foster care system. 10 of those children are ready to be adopted.

Across North Carolina, there is an even bigger need. There's nearly 11,000 children in the foster care system with around 2400 ready to be adopted.

The Lee family hopes that by sharing their story for the PSA, more people will step up and consider fostering or adopting.

"The ultimate goal is for that child to have a loving home and to be able to live in a society without abuse and without neglect," said Caretta.