November 9, 2006

State of Alabama
Press Release: Human Resources, Department of

Number of Adoptions Increases

During Fiscal Year 2006, the Department of Human Resources (DHR) placed more than 380 children with adoptive families, compared to 325 in 2005 and 315 in 2004, DHR Commissioner Page Walley announced.

"We are very pleased with this progress because it means that more foster children who were available for adoption now have forever families," Commissioner Walley said. "They have the security that a permanent home provides," he said.

"Our county workers’ expedited processing of adoptions by foster parents and the hiring of additional staff in our Office of Adoptions helped increase the number of placements," Commissioner Walley said.

"The annual observance of Adoption Awareness Month in November celebrates the families that have grown through adoption. The observance also reminds us that many foster children are still waiting for a forever family," he noted.

At the end of Fiscal Year 2006, there were approximately 630 waiting Alabama children for whom the plan was adoption. For approximately 380 of these children, the plan was for them to be adopted by their current foster parents. However, the remaining 250 waiting children have no adoptive family identified and require recruitment for a forever family.

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