Cassuandra Eisner is a student at Kennebecasis Valley High School. She was adopted when she was 11-years-old. She knew that she defied the odds because older children have a harder time being adopted. She recently spoke at the New Brunswick Adoption Foundation. This was the first time that Cassuandra had spoken in public about adoption.
Children who are adopted typically are not in the spotlight. However, Cassaundra decided to speak at the event because she wanted to persuade more people to adopt older children. There are currently 258 children in New Brunswick who are in need of a permanent home.
There are 400 children who are in foster care. Sixty percent of these children will not be able to return to their families. Cassaundra stated that she went to school with a lot of the children who were represented in those numbers. She also stated that those children want to be a part of a family and deserve one.
There was a study taken by the AB Foundation that showed that people have less interest in adopting older children. One hundred and twenty-one people participated in the study. Seventy-one percent of people wanted to adopt babies. Less than 15 percent of people were interested in adopting a child who was over the age of 12.
Cassaundra’s biological family was not fit to raise her. There was poverty and alcoholism in her family. Most of the people in her family had not completed high school. Cassaundra was placed in foster care in February 2010. She was adopted by John and Susan Eisner, who already had three kids of their own.
Colin Kennedy Robichaud is a 13-year-old boy who was also adopted. He was another person who spoke at the luncheon. He had moved 12 times while in foster care before he was adopted.