Fishers Dad Celebrates Adoption
Gil Michelini and his daughter(Provided photo)
A Hamilton County dad says there are 144,000 children in American foster care who are seeking good homes.
Gil Michelini of Fishers is among those recognizing National Adoption Awareness Month this month. Michelini and his wife adopted their youngest daughter from Guatamala ten years ago. Michelini wrote a book called, "Daddy Come & Get Me" about their experience.
Michelini says there are millions of adoptable kids all over the world. National Adoption Awareness Month began in 1976. Michelini says they felt they were called to adopt their daughter. He says the process took 20 months, but was worth it. He says international adoption remains a challenge. He says the Guatamalan government closed their international adoptions in 2008.
Here in America, Michelini says adoption is fairly simple, but still requires patience. Michelini says there are too many children who are growing up without homes and that's why folks should care about worldwide adoption. He says his daughter is now 12 years old and is doing well.