Clint and Debbie Dominick pose with their five adopted children. The Spring Hill family is featured on a state website in recognition of National Adoption Month. Submitted photo

Clint and Debbie Dominick pose with their five adopted children. The Spring Hill family is featured on a state website in recognition of National Adoption Month. Submitted photo

A Spring Hill family is sharing their adoption story on a state website in celebration of National Adoption Month. The Dominicks’ adoption journey began when Clint and Debbie Dominick began fostering two brothers. The pair eventually adopted the brothers and their three siblings, creating an instant family of seven.
“When Aron and Alonzo were first living here, we questioned the connection they had with their siblings, because they didn’t talk a lot about them,” Clint Dominick said. “When we were asked if we were willing to take the other three, we brought them in for a weekend. And, obviously the kids were tremendously excited to be together and get to see each other, but the other three had to leave at the end of the weekend.
Clint remembers that moment as one of clarity in his life.
“The kids left, and Alonzo went into the bathroom, and when he came out he was just, I mean, I have never seen a child weep; and he was just weeping,” Clint recalls.
When Clint asked Alonzo what was wrong, he said he missed his sister and brothers.
“And it was just one of those moments where I was like, ‘yeah, I think we’re going to have five kids,’” Clint said. “We knew that there was a bond there, and they just needed to be together. It wouldn’t be the same without them.
Currently, there are 390 children in foster care in Kansas waiting for a loving adoptive family. Gov. Sam Brownback designated November as National Adoption Month in Kansas, and the Kansas Department of Children and Families Secretary Phyllis Gilmore said the agency’s goal is to identify adoptive resources for all of those children.
“Every child deserves to know the love, support and protection that a permanent family can offer,” Gilmore said.
To kick off the month, Focus on the Family hosted a Wait No More event in Kansas City, Mo., last weekend. The event was designed to help Kansas and Missouri children by recruiting potential families, and assisting them in beginning the adoption process.
Also during the month of November, many communities will observe Adoption Day, inviting the public to witness adoption finalizations.
“It is an amazing experience to take part in these unforgettable moments in a family’s life,” Gilmore said. “Finalizations mark the time when a child can officially know they are loved and will forever be part of a family.”
This year’s National Adoption Month campaign theme is “Promoting and Supporting Sibling Connections.” Many of the children awaiting adoption are part of sibling groups. It can be more difficult to find a family willing to adopt more than one child at a time.
The Dominicks are one of three families who are sharing their adoption stories this month. Their video stories will be available on the DCF website at http://www.dcf.ks.gov/Agency/SDFBCI/Pages/National-Adoption-Month.aspx. The other families include the Odums, of Topeka, who have adopted their grandchildren; and the Scott family, Topeka, who are in the process of adopting a little girl to add to their family of five.
For more information about Wait No More, visit http://icareaboutorphans.org/kansas/For additional details about adoption finalizations, visit http://www.dcf.ks.gov/Agency/SDFBCI/Pages/National-Adoption-Month.aspx.