life, Carol Measom
has never been far from DePelchin Children's Center
has always lived nearby, but her
ties to the agency run deeper than mere physical proximity.
In 1963, Carol's birth mother went to live at the Florence Crittenton Center
, a residential care facility for young women and girls in crisis pregnancies.The Crittenton Center
, then an affiliate of DePelchin, provided a home-like, nurturing environment focused on helping young mothers make informed life choices and plans for themselves and their babies.
Knowing that she
was unable to successfully parent her
child, the young birth mother pro-actively made an adoption plan for her
Adoption Program, Carol
was placed with a permanent family only two months after her
birth.The couple who adopted Carol
, Esther and Melvin Braun, had also adopted an infant son, Kenny, four years earlier.
was adopted through DePelchin
as an infant.She
is now a volunteer who speaks out about the benefits of adoption.
"Our parents did a fine job of letting us know that adoption is a wonderful thing and that it is something to be proud of,"recalls Carol
."My brother and I thought we were special because we knew that our parents chose us and wanted us.As a child, I bragged about being adopted!"
As a happy and successful adult, Carol
is still bragging about being adopted.She
story with others in hopes that more people will consider providing a permanent home for children in need.Her
brother Kenny and his
wife Lori have two adopted children, and Carol
husband Allan also plan to adopt one day.
In addition to raising awareness about adoption, Carol's desire to promote DePelchin
to help in other ways.She
speaks to groups about the benefits of adoption and relays her
own family's personal experiences.She also serves on DePelchin's Fund Development Committee to help generate funds for the agency's programs and services.
As a personal clothier at Tom James Clothing Company
, Carol appeals to her
clients each year on behalf of DePelchin
and has raised more than $12,000 in the last two years.
Even if Carol someday finds herself living miles from DePelchin's
physical site, she
says the agency will always be close to her
heart."I believe in adoption and in the good work DePelchin does,"says Carol
."That's something that will always be with me."
Adoption expert retires after three decades of service