The Rocky Mountain Adoption Exchange is part of a seven-state program that matches families that want to adopt children with special-needs children. The office is run by two part-time staff members, Sally madsen and Suzanne Stott.
They couldn't keep the office going without the help of two devoted volunteers who have been coming in regularly for more than two years.Deon Gibson takes care of the matching program. She spends hours reading profiles and looking at photographs of children. She reads the descriptions of the families who want a child and suggests possible matches. She has ato make numerous decisions and judgements when suggesting matches.
Madsen and Stott said it takes a mature and self-confident person to suggest matches and they can always count on Gibson to uphold her commitment.
Louise Zarr is in charge of follow-up for "Wednesday's Child," a KUTV feature that profiles a special-needs child every week. She calls the state to find the name and profile of the child, watches and tapes the program and receives calls from anyone in the viewing public who might be interested in adopting the child. About 80-90 percent of the children featuren on "Wednesday's Child" have been matched.
"The attitude of these two volunteers is incredible. They'll stay until the work is done. They are reliable and dedicated," said Madsen. "Because of their help, unwanted children become very special children in a new family."