As November is National Adoption Month, the Foster Care and Adoption Network held its 2013 Far West Conference recently and invited Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland and his wife Marci, Macon County Schools Student Services Coordinator, to be the guest speakers.
National Adoption Month was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1995 and is intended to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for children in foster care around the country. Locally, the Foster Care and Adoption Network was formed when agencies focused on foster and adoptive services in the westernmost counties of North Carolina came together to network and share resources.
Each year the Far West Conference is held to celebrate the children and guardians who have been involved in foster care in the region. “I do not believe in coincidence,” the Hollands said when addressing a room full of parents and children at this year's conference. “With all my heart, I believe that God orchestrates our lives in such a way as to place us in certain circumstances with certain people at certain times. Today is no exception. If you are here and have been unable to have children of your own – our purpose is to give you hope.”