Over 60 children in Vermont’s child protection system will be adopted during National Adoption Month 2017
Governor Scott recently proclaimed November as Adoption Month in Vermont. To celebrate, a record number of foster care adoptions will take place throughout the month. These adoptions will be completed by Lund through Project Family —a partnership formed in 2000 with the Department for Children and Families (DCF) to find forever families for children in state custody.
Of the over 60 adoptions:
- Over 30 will be by relatives or family friends
- About 39% will include agreements for post-adoption contact
“Kids need permanency to thrive and they need it as quickly as possible,” said Lund Director of Adoption Wanda Audette. “They also benefit from staying connected to their families of origin. Adoption Month is a celebration of children having nurturing relationships that sustain them throughout their lives.”
There are currently about 80 children waiting in Vermont foster care for families to adopt them. Most are school-aged, many have special needs, and some are part of a sibling group who want to stay together.
“All children deserve safe, loving and permanent families,” said DCF Commissioner Ken Schatz. “I urge all Vermonters to open their hearts and homes to the children who are waiting for their forever families.”
Adoption Month is also a great time to recognize and celebrate the:
- Over 400 children in custody who will safely reunite with their biological parents this year
- Parents who did the hard work to make this possible
- Workers and service providers who supported them
To learn how you can help a child in Vermont foster care, go to http://www.imreadytohelp.vt.gov
To learn about adopting a child in state custody, call Project Family at 1-800-746-7000.
Lund helps children thrive by empowering families to break cycles of poverty, addiction and abuse. Lund offers hope and opportunity to families through education, treatment, family support and adoption. Lund is a member agency of the United Way of Chittenden County.
The Vermont Department for Children and Families delivers a wide array of programs and services to Vermonters in areas such as child care, child development, child protection, child support, disability determination, and economic benefits that help meet basic needs.