Goodfellows: Children's Home Kept Amanda Smith Busy, Happy Before Adoption
Posted: December 22, 2010
Reprinted Courtesy of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
The Children’s Home of Lubbock is one of this year’s recipients of The Avalanche-Journal’s Goodfellows campaign, which accepts donations from readers to benefit charitable organizations.

Children across this area who needed shelter from the difficulties of their own homes often find refuge in the Children’s Home of Lubbock. Among those is Amanda D. Smith, who went into the Children’s Home at 6.

•Situation in original home: “I had three other siblings, and we were all taken at once,” Smith said. “The majority of what I know is that it was just neglect. We were all placed in different foster cares, and after a year or so, we were placed in the Children’s Home.”

•How the Children’s Home helped: “There were always things to do,” she said. “I always had children to play with, chores to keep me busy, and the farm out there was one of my favorite places. I was never bored — there was always something going on. It’s built to keep you entertained.”

She was adopted at age 11 by Jim and Lorna Smith. Her younger sisters were adopted shortly after going into the Children’s Home.

“My brother was at the Children’s Home until he was 9, I believe. He went to a boys ranch.”

•The situation years later: “I work at Lubbock Christian University,” Smith said. “I’m a junior and still taking classes to graduate. I took some years off to work, then went back,” she said.

She is majoring in marketing and is planning to graduate in a little more than a year.