Sunday, December 20, 2009

Adoption in DC:   125 down, 189 to go

On December 17, the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) sent to Family Court documents for the 125th adoption of 2009.

With this adoption, CFSA met its goal for adoptions in the calendar year.   In all, 514 children and youth left foster care for permanent homes through reunification, guardianship, or adoption in 2009.   The number of 2009 adoptions also represents a 23% increase in adoptions over 2008.   More information, including personal accounts of what permanence means, are in this brief report.

Even with this achievement is this sobering fact:   189 children and teens in foster care are awaiting permanency with a family.

Efforts are being made to match these kids with families.   Wednesday's Child, for example, is a partnership of the Freddie Mac Foundation and WRC-TV.   The show features young people who are waiting to be adopted.   And on December 23 at 8:00 pm, CBS will air A Home for the Holidays hosted by Faith Hill.   The show, presented by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Children's Action Network, will feature inspirational stories about foster care adoption.   Finally, CFSA's Web site has important information about adopting in DC.

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