Tuesday, November 28, 2017 – The Lee County Department of Social Services (LCDSS) reports that 24 agency adoptions were completed in FY2017, which represents the time period of July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.  LCDSS released the information in recognition of National Adoption Month.

Since 1995, November has been recognized as National Adoption Month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  This initiative, currently run by the U.S. DHHS Children’s Bureau, focuses on increasing national awareness of the need for permanent families for children in the U.S. foster care system.  National Adoption Month provides advocacy groups and local, state, and federal agencies a shared platform to bring attention to various adoption related issues facing our communities.

“Often times, the foster care system only receives public notice when something has gone wrong,” says Angelina Noel, Director of LCDSS, “but the reality is there are more times when the system works successfully to provide resources and support to help reunite families that find themselves in the system.  LCDSS staff always works towards a goal of family reunification; unfortunately, circumstances sometimes arise that make reunification impossible and with the best interest, safety and well-being of the child or children in mind, we work towards finding permanent homes through agency adoptions to provide a safe and supportive family environment that every child deserves.”

LCDSS has a strong history of finding permanency for children in foster care in need of a lasting stable family environment.  In the current year (FY2018), LCDSS reports five adoptions in progress where families are waiting for finalization of the legal paperwork; four pre-adoptive placements where services are being received with the hope the end result is adoption; and two children in need of pre-adoptive placements. 

LCDSS staff works throughout the year to find temporary and permanent family placements for Lee County children in the foster care system.  If you are interested in learning more about opportunities available to support foster children and families or to become a foster parent or adoptive family, please contact the Lee County Department of Social Services at 919-718-4690.

For additional information contact:

Angelina Noel
Lee County Department of Social Services Director