Local adoption agency short on homes for minority children

Area homes are in short supply for minority children who need them.  That's the word from one local adoption agency.

NewsChannel 10 met one couple who prove their family ties can bind racial gaps. Five-year-old Carmella Love and her baby brother have adoptive parents who are hard to find in the panhandle.  "Sometimes the parents feel like they can't handle children with different minority backgrounds," says Amber White, who works with birth mothers for Catholic Family Services.

"They feel like they may be too different, that maybe they can't handle the difference. But I think if they really open themselves up to that, that children are chldren and it doesn't matter what their background is."  White says the agency struggles to find homes for minority children, who make up the majority of their adoption candidates.

Catholic Family Services has found four adoptive homes so far this year for minority children, like Carmella.  Scott love says he and his wife never made ethnic background part of their adoption criteria. "I think what's more important is they get your personality and your traits and they learn character from you, and what they look like doesn't really matter,"says Love.

The agency is currently working with five families, but would prefer to work with at least twice as many, to make sure children like carmella have a safe place to grow up.