HAYWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
185 FREEDLANDER DRIVE
CLYDE, NORTH CAROLINA 28721
CONTACT: DEBBIE DAVIS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
VIDEOCONFERENCE ADOPTION FAIR A SUCCESS
On the evening of November 4, Haywood Community College High Technology Center took part in an adoption fair on the N.C. Information Highway. Taking a media that is most often used for class instruction and video conferences, participating community colleges brought 35 older adoptable children together with prospective parents over the network. Traditionally, older children are more difficult to place in homes than younger ones. The children, ranging in age from six to sixteen, were at the N.C. Community College System Office. They came from across the state to Raleigh where they visited museums and met the NCSU basketball team. After a pizza dinner, the children went to the NCIH room to meet and talk with prospective adoptive parents who were gathered at the remote sites. In addition to Haywood Community College, two other colleges, Central Piedmont Community College and Guilford Technical Community College, had prospective parents on the air. The event, originally scheduled to conclude at 7 p.m., extended until 8:30 p.m. because the interaction between the children and prospective parents was so natural and energetic.
The videoconference proved to be well worth the months of pre-planning— the adoption process has already begun for three of the children. Additionally, 13 prospective adoptive families turned in interest forms involving 21 different children.
Until now most adoptions have been confined to the area of the state that the child lives in. The NCIH overcame the problem of distance by allowing children in one part of the state to interact with families in a distant part of the state.
The adoption fair was a joint effort of the NCIH and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services as part of the state’s celebration of Adoption Awareness Month