WKU Public Radio partnered with WKU PBS and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption to produce a radio series and television documentary on foster care and adoption.
More than 400,000 U.S children are in foster care, removed from their families when their parents are in crisis and can’t take care of them. There’s a group of people who unselfishly answer the call by becoming foster parents.
One of them is Melanie Watts of Bowling Green. She didn’t give birth to any of her three children, but loves them just the same. She adopted them through foster care, a journey that began while working as a captain at the Bowling Green Police Department.
“Maybe I hit the age, maybe it was just that point of my life where I thought something was missing, and I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I thought to myself, I just need a child. 'One would be great,' I kept thinking. So I went through the foster care program," explained Watts. "I was working one afternoon and got a call to check child welfare. We get there, and there’s a child laying in a stroller wearing a white onesie, or at least it had been white at one time. It was now brown, her diaper was brown and almost dragging, and the mom, you know, is upset that social services is there."