Record number of adoptions will take place this week

14 November 2016

In celebration of National Adoption Month, a record number of adoptions will be finalized in Vermont the week of November 14, 2016.  A total of 44 adoptions will take place at seven Vermont courthouses in partnership with Lund (Vermont’s largest and oldest nonprofit adoption agency) and the Department for Children and Families (DCF). This surpasses the 36 adoptions finalized during the same time last year. In total, over 200 adoptions will be finalized this year.

This inspiring accomplishment is the direct result of an award-winning partnership known as Project Family between Lund and DCF.  Created in 2000, Project Family finds and supports adoptive parents for children in Vermont foster care.

“Tremendous thanks goes out to the children and their families, to the DCF staff and partner organizations who work to keep kids safe, to Project Family staff who set the stage for this final permanency, and to the Court personnel who see this process through and celebrate its end in adoption,” said Lund Director of Adoptions Wanda Audette.

“All children deserve safe, loving and permanent families,” said DCF Commissioner Ken Schatz. “With the rising numbers of children in foster care and the opiate crisis Vermonters are facing, we urge caring Vermonters to open their hearts and homes to the children who are still waiting in foster care for their forever families. 

To learn how you can help a child in Vermont foster care, contact Project Family at 1-800-746-7000 or visit

Click here to view the Adoption Month Proclamation.

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 to help meet basic needs.