The Rowan Fund
Hello, and welcome to the column, “Rowan Family Tree.” My name is Jennifer Avery, and I will be writing pieces that address the topics of foster care and adoption. For those of you that don’t know me, I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. I was born in Okmulgee Memorial Hospital, and spent most of my childhood living in Okmulgee and Morris.
After graduating from Morris, I moved to Missouri and completed my degree at Missouri Southern State University. Before completing my degree, I had big plans of moving to a booming metropolis like New York City or Washington D.C. It’s funny how things change and where life can take you. In between all of the studying and late night essay writing, I found time to fall in love and get married, and wouldn’t you know that my husband got his first teaching position in Morris. After Jeremy accepted the job, we packed up our Joplin apartment and three week old son and made the journey back to my hometown.
Even before we started dating, my husband and I both shared a heart for adoption. After taking a few months to settle into our new home, we started the adoption process, and two years later were overjoyed to add our daughter, Jessa, to our family. Shortly after the adoption, my husband convinced me that we needed a dog, so we adopted Yoda, and then I convinced him that we needed to keep a fluffy stray, Birdie. So now, we are a family of six.
During Jessa’s adoption, Jeremy and I noticed the area was lacking resources for those wanting to adopt, and we knew that had to change. I used the knowledge I had gained and the interactions I had with families from my time as a Child Abuse and Neglect Investigator in Missouri, along with my own personal adoption experiences, to come up with a tangible way to help families in Okmulgee County.
Out of these experiences, “The Rowan Fund” was formed. I look forward to sharing more about the Rowan Fund in future columns, but for now, you can visit us on Facebook to see more of what we have been doing throughout the county. And what would be even better is if you could join us for our one year birthday party on January 26, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the LOKAL in Okmulgee! I would love for you to meet the board and celebrate the amazing things our donors and volunteers have given us the ability to do. Be sure to come back as we explore different views of foster care and adoption. From interviews with former foster children to adoption how to’s, we’re going to delve into it all!
Jennifer Avery is the Director of the non profit agency, “The Rowan Fund”, which seeks to support adoptive and foster families in Okmulgee County. She resides in Morris, OK with her husband and two children. Questions or comments? Send them to mailto:Rowan-FamilyTree@gmail.com Rowan-FamilyTree@gmail.com.