The Adoption Center raised $140,000 for the Stan Hochman Compassion-for-Kids Fund which will be used, in part, to create a video raising awareness about the more than 100,000 children in this country who wait to be adopted. Stan worked on the Center’s behalf for more than 30 years to focus attention on the children who lingered in foster care while waiting for someone to give them a permanent home.
Most people knew Stan Hochman because they had read his sports columns in the pages of the Philadelphia Daily News for more than half a century or because they heard his brilliant broadcasts on television or radio. But few knew about his passionate belief that all children need to be praised, encouraged, loved and given opportunities to grow into happy, productive and strong adults. That’s why he supported the National Adoption Center, the construction of the Miracle League field where kids with disabilities could play baseball and soccer, and the Urban Youth Academy, opening in July, where inner city children will receive academic and athletic opportunities.
More than 350 attended the Adoption Center’s Celebration of Family which honored Stan and where the Stan Hochman Compassion-for-Kids award was presented to the Codkind Family—Melissa, Mitch, Rachel and Ryan—for their teamwork in expanding adoption opportunities for children whose parents can’t raise them.
It, indeed, takes a village of people like Stan and the Codkind Family to give children the lifetime of love they deserve.