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Hello. My name is Kristina Harrison. I was born in Louisville, Kentucky 27 years ago.  Upon my delivery, the medical doctors quickly realized something was very wrong.  I was not breathing and did not have a normal appearance. The doctors had to act fast to save my life.  They were unsure of what they were working with and did not believe I had a chance of survival.  My biological parents were told I would not make it and my life expectancy would be very short…days short. Having heard this, my parents
were understandably devastated.They loved me and knew they could not bear to stick around to watch their newborn daughter die.  My parents decided to relinquish their parental rights and walk away.  This single act let me know their love for me.  They knew they could not watch me die and, if I lived, they could not care for my enormous medical needs.

              One of the doctors who worked on my case knew of a lady in Mount Vernon, Kentucky who took care of kids diagnosed with a terminal condition.  He called her and set up a time to come see me the following day.  This lady, Judy Harrison, drove three hours to meet me.  As she walked into my hospital room, she saw a little black girl with big brown eyes.  As I saw this white woman looking at me in awe, our eyes locked.  From that moment we were to be inseparable.  Three weeks later Judy took me home as her daughter.  My medical care was meticulous and stressful but she never gave up and knew I was strong enough to overcome the negative prognosis I had been given.

            I have endured 32 surgeries, countless trips to the doctors, days on end in the hospital and chronic pain.  I have overcome all those challenges and surpassed the terminal prognosis I was given 27 years ago.  I am now a pediatric Registered Nurse.  I work at Hospice of the Bluegrass with children who have been given a terminal diagnosis. I hope and pray my young patients can teach their doctors that even with a terminal diagnosis they are strong and can endure more than most adults could ever imagine.  Unfortunately, these patients of mine will pass away most of the time.  Still I hope and pray, while these little angels are here on earth, they teach the medical staff and society that children are surprisingly resilient and define the meaning of hope.

John and Donna Baileyao
Donna and John Bailey became foster parents with the Cabinet on January 5, 2009. Prior to becoming foster parents with our agency, they were serving as foster parents with a private agency. They became adoptive parents with the Cabinet on June 5, 2008 when they started the process of adopting twin boys, Jeremy and Jacob, which had been in their foster home since January 2006. That was just the
beginning of adoptions for this couple. After the adoption of Jacob and Jeremy, the couple took in a 16 year old, Tim, for adoption. He was 17 years old when the adoption was finalized. The couple continued to provide foster care to children who included a sibling group of three and another girl that her pre-adoptive placement disrupted. Needless to say, they adopted all four of these children as well. They went from have four adult children to seven school aged children. Donna and John are now the proud parents of seven teenagers which includes Tim—age 19, Jessica—age 16, Cheyann—age 14, twins Jeremy and Jacob—age 13, Little Jacob-age 13, and Hannah—age 12. Donna and John Bailey provide unconditional love to each of their seven children, as well as their four adult children. They are constant advocates for the children and provide a loving and nurturing home for them. The couple also gives back to the community by advocating for others to become foster/adoptive parents, they are mentors to newly approved foster/adoptive parents, and they advocate for birth parents and provide support to them when appropriate. The Bailey's are truly an amazing family and anyone who has to pleasure to spend time with them will know their dedication and love they have for others and the children that have become a permanent part of their family.


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Ken and Loralee Ridge

s"From early on in their family's journey, Ken and Loralee knew they wanted more than the typical 2.5 children found in the average American family. They never imagined, however, that the magic number would be nine. Their foster and adoption story began after their two birth children were school-aged. Over the years, they have fostered over 30 children and adopted seven. Although the Ridges have been united from various backgrounds and situations, they have grown to understand that family--above all--is a choice of the heart."

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