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November Is National Adoption Month
November is National Adoption Month – a time to raise awareness about the need for adoptive families for the children in Georgia’s care. There are an estimated 7,600 foster care children in Georgia that are in need of loving homes and families.
The decision to become an adoptive parent requires great consideration and a welcoming heart. These individuals desire to make a difference in someone’s life. There is a need for foster and adoptive parents for children of all ages; however, the greatest need in Georgia is for older children, sibling groups and the medically fragile.
Recruitment and training of foster parents is a primary focus of the Division of Family and Children Services. The majority of children that are available for adoption are adopted by their foster parents or people they have a pre-existing relationship with. Foster parents stand ready to provide safe and loving homes for children in times when they are most vulnerable. Adoptive parents mean a loving family for a lifetime.
DFCS’ ultimate goal for children in foster care is permanent placement in a safe and nurturing environment. For some children that means returning to their natural parents with supports in place; for others the goal becomes adoption.
This Saturday, November 17 is Adoption Day.
Photo Courtesy Georgia Department of Economic Development
About the Author
Ron Scroggy has over 30 years of experience leading and managing teams and operations of residential treatment facilities. He joined DFCS as the Chief of Staff in October 2010, was promoted in July 2011 to the position DFCS Deputy Director, and currently serves as the DFCS Director. Scroggy dedicated 20 years of his career to Inner Harbour Hospitals where he most recently held the positions of Chief Executive Officer and President. He earned his Bachelor’s of Social Work from Georgia State University and his Master’s of Social Work from the University of Georgia.