Foster Care Awareness Month: Adoption Adds to Forever Family

Buffalo, NY – With a heartfelt drum roll from family, friends and supporters, the judge made it official. Two-year-old Korey is now forever part of the Castronova family. He raised his arm in celebration and shouted like a superhero.  It was a powerful way for the little boy to share his excitement with his favorite action figures in front of him to be part of his special day.

It took more than two years to get to this moment. Darrick and Jodi Castronova became Korey’s foster parents shortly after he was born. They welcomed the baby boy knowing he would be with his biological sister who was also their foster child at the time. There is a lot of emotion for them surrounding this adoption day. “It’s overwhelming a little bit,” explains Darrick Castronova. “It’s an opportunity to breathe,” Jodi Castronova explains.

This is the third adoption for the Castronovas. Korey’s biological sister Chari was adopted when she was two. Jodi says it is important that they will have each other as they grow up.  The Castonovas also have a son Isaac who was born in Haiti and adopted through an international process. They have two biological children; 18 year old Savannah and 21 year old Sam. Jodi says, “I feel so strong that even just a picture of our family speaks a thousand words.”

There are nearly 1,000 children currently in Foster Care in Erie County. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent through Child & Family Services, call 882-0555.