7 families celebrate adoption

Photo by Dean Humphrey—Newly adopted boy Markiss Heizer, 2, has his face painted at a reception for adoption day at the courthous annex Friday evening. He and his two brothers, Jason and Matthew were adopted by Denise and Mark Heizer.—Sent as Adoption Day 111910

About 50 children found permanent homes this year in Mesa County, with some of those adoptions finalized in court Friday.

National Adoption Day was marked Friday with a celebration at the Mesa County Courthouse.

Denise and Mark Heizer were one couple to adopt three children, Jasyn, 7; Matthew, 4; and Markiss, 2.

The couple decided to adopt the children after one of their kin lost her parental rights.

“We wanted to keep them in the family,” Denise Heizer said.

The couple had been in the process of adoption since April 2009, but they said Mesa County’s Department of Human Services was a great help in the process. During that time, the Heizers purchased a bigger house and a new car to fit everybody inside.

“We felt like it took forever, but now that it’s here, it feels like it went really fast,” Denise Heizer said.

Seven families adopted 13 children Friday. About 300 to 350 children are in foster care each year in the county. Mesa County had a goal of certifying 36 new foster-care homes in the county this year but only 28 new, certified foster homes were made available.

The department is looking at ways to improve services, Department of Human Services spokeswoman Karen Martsolf said.

“We believe the early delivery of the right services in the home can appropriately prevent unnecessary out-of-home placement,” she said.


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