The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners recently proclaimed November Adoption Awareness Month, recognizing the Department of Social Services’ role in helping to connect children in need with loving, stable families.
“The primary purpose of adoption through our agency is to help children whose parents are incapable of assuming or continuing parental responsibilities to become part of a new family,” said DSS Director Will Wakefield.
In 2018, 42 children in Caldwell County were adopted from foster care and 49 families in the county were licensed to provide foster care.
To adopt a child, families must meet the following criteria:
- Be at least 21 years old with a drug-free stable home and income
- Be fingerprinted and have criminal record check
- Complete all required training and be licensed by the State of North Carolina
- Have a physical examination (including TB test)
- Submit to an environmental inspection of the home
- Participate in an adoptive home study
In addition to the need for adoptive families, DSS is always looking for foster parents to work with children who have been temporarily removed from their birth parents. The need is especially great for foster parents willing to work with teenagers, teenage mothers and their babies, and sibling groups.
“Our agency is continually looking for good, nurturing families to provide temporary care for children in foster care,” said Wakefield. “We find families who cope well with change, work well with teams, have patience for imperfect behavior, and can give without expecting immediate rewards do well as foster families.”
To learn more about becoming a foster parent, contact Valerie Ackerman at (828) 426-8281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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