Maryland Woman Leads Adoption Effort by Example

By Solomon, Frank | Policy & Practice, June 2006 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Maryland Woman Leads Adoption Effort by Example

Solomon, Frank, Policy & Practice

Many childless couples and adults spend tens of thousands of dollars and travel across oceans to try to adopt a child when they could find happiness much closer to home and without the huge expense, travel and waiting time.

Jannie Hayes of Upper Marlboro, a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C., can attest to the joy of adopting close to home. As head of the Prince George's County's chapter of the One Church, One Child adoption ministry, she can tell you the wonder and beauty of adopting a child without having to travel afar.

Hayes should know. She has four adopted kids.

The One Church, One Child program is a national adoption education and recruitment project founded in 1980 by the Rev. George Clements of Chicago. Clements, the first priest in the United States to adopt a child, asked all churches to identity one person in their congregations who would like to adopt a child.

Hayes got involved with the adoption program after she heard Clements speak and began trying to adopt a girl in the District of Columbia in 1991.

The girl, named April, then 3--she is 18--had spent all her life in isolation in the Hospital for Sick Children in the District. She had had two major heart surgeries and an infection, and weighed only 18 pounds. Doctors later told Hayes that had she not adopted the girl, the little one would have perished in six months.

Hayes found out later that the girl had a younger sister, Laura, also with special needs, in the same hospital, so she and her husband, Dennis, adopted that child. When she found out that the two girls had two older siblings, they adopted them as well in 1992. The siblings are 26-year-old Phillip and 24-year-old Jerrika, who works at The American Public Human Services Association (APHSA). Laura is 15.

The couple also have one son, Jonathan, from Hayes' previous marriage.

Hayes said her passion to help foster children find homes stems from her love of children and her spiritual beliefs. "I believe that everyone is God's child and that everyone deserves to have a home," she said in a recent visit to APHSA. "Everyone deserves to be loved."

Her determination to help foster/adopted children drew so much attention and admiration that she was approached by the District Department of Social Services, now the District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency, to get involved with the One Church, One Child program.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this article

Cited article

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Maryland Woman Leads Adoption Effort by Example


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?