National Adoption Month may be coming to an end, but KENS 5 sports' Vinnie Vinzetta is raising awareness for the cause year-round.
He shared his story.
"I was the youngest of six and the only child that was placed for adoption. My birth mother made the selfless decision to place me for adoption," he said.
While Vinzetta said some may not choose to search for their birth parents, his adoptive parents were very supportive.
"I can't ever acknowledge what that means to me," he said.
After about 20 years of searching, Vinzetta has since had a chance to meet four of his birth siblings. He has also introduced some of his birth family to his adoptive family.
"By the time my discovery happened, my birth mother had already passed on. I've made my own private, personal peace with that. These things are not easy. There is no playbook on how adoptions go," he said.
Vinzetta has volunteered with Boys Town Texas. It is an organization that offers foster programs and other family resources. Boys Town also has a successfull foster-to-adopt program.
"We have more than 800 kids in Region 8 waiting to be adopted. The average length of time for a child to be waiting for an adoption is 4.5 years," Boys Town foster family services supervisor Minerva Cooperwood said.
Vinzetta said his mission is to spread the adoption cause. He said he wants to remind people that hundreds of kids are waiting to find their forever family.
"There's times when you feel like, 'How long can I do this job?' When you see that adoption happen, it's that medicine or boost that you need to do it all over again," Cooperwood said.
"November is National Adoption Month, but this is something we should think about 365 days a year because it's about kids. Let's spread the message," Vinzetta said.
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