Guest Post by Vivian Rapposelli, Secretary for the Delaware Children’s Department
Since November is traditionally a month focused on giving thanks it is fitting that we also celebrate November as National Adoption Month. This special time of the year is dedicated to raising awareness about adoption services in Delaware. It also gives us an opportunity to say thank you to the families who open their and homes and adopt children who need love, support and a nurturing environment.
On any given day in Delaware, there are approximately 50 children in our foster care system looking for permanent families. That’s why providing them with the opportunity for permanent placement through adoptive services is so critical. Children can achieve their full potential in a stable family setting.
On November 17th, the Delaware Children’s Department will partner with public and private adoption agencies, the Family Court, the Child Placement Review Board, community partners and adoptive families to celebrate National Adoption Day. The event will be held at the Delaware Technical & Community College (Terry Campus, Dover) Conference Center from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Now in its fifth year in Delaware, this event provides information regarding adoption services, programs, and procedures. It also serves as a celebration and recognition of the 99 adoptions that were finalized in 2011. There will be workshops in the morning and afternoon, vendors with information on adoption services, and portraits/profiles from children who are looking for permanent homes. The link for registration is: http://courts.delaware.gov/cprb/NADDeRegistration2012.stm. We invite you join us.
I want to take a moment to thank the many people and agencies who play a vital role in within our system of adoption. This includes permanency workers at the Children’s Department, as well as from private agencies; it includes the legal community and the Family Court Judges; it includes the counselors or other treatment service providers; and it includes the foster parents who care for our children until they find permanent homes.
Consider the rewards of adoption. Find out how you can take the first steps to becoming an adoptive parent by visiting our website at http://kids.delaware.gov.