Friday, November 14, 2014

Adoption Month: UIS Student Shares His Success Story

According to the Department of Children and Family Services, 17,000 foster children were adopted in Illinois over the last decade.

Dominique Wilson, 22, was one of those children.

The Chicago native, now a Junior at the University of Illinois Springfield was separated from his biological parents when he was three-years-old. Though, with help from DCFS, he was not only placed into a loving home, but received funding for a college education.

"There's a support system that is there within DCFS to help you," Wilson said. "So allow them to help you, because I feel like there are so many youth that become very defensive because there have been so many people that have come into their lives and left."

Jennifer Florent, of DCFS says it's important for people in the community to know there is always in need for foster and adoptive homes throughout the state.

If you're interested in more information on adoption, visit, The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

This story was featured on on Thursday, November 13, 2014.

Watch the story here.