Adoption Awareness

In Child Custody by Elizabeth Stephenson

Adoption is a way to experience parenting, to expand your family, to share your love, and to offer a permanent home to a child who needs one. Since a proclamation issued by President Clinton in 1995, the country has recognized November as National Adoption Awareness Month. The purpose of this month is to raise awareness of adoption and the need for good adoptive families for the thousands of children waiting for their forever homes. This month also serves to honor adoptive families and to celebrate the people and agencies who help find permanent homes for children.

If you are an adoptive parent, New Direction Family Law applauds you. If you are interested in the prospect of adoption, there are many options, which include private and international adoption. In addition, we would like to strongly encourage you to considering adoption through the state of North Carolina.

Adopting Through the State of North Carolina

There is a constant, growing need for foster and adoptive parents in this state. According to compiled statistics from the Child Welfare League of America, child protective services received 69,213 referrals of abuse or neglect in 2015. These are children who were alleged to have suffered some combination of physical abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect. In that same year, 10,324 children were placed out of their homes and significantly, 2,739 of those children were awaiting the possibility of adoption.

It is important to approach adoption with open eyes. These are children of all ages, and sibling groups, with varying ranges of physical, emotional, and medical needs; however, they are all equally deserving of permanency in their lives. We urge you to research and contact one or more of the following resources to begin your journey.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Child Protective Services, is the state’s child welfare agency, and has offices in each county. Each county operates independently and offers foster care and adoption services. Seek out your county’s CPS office, which will have additional information and resources. For example, the Wake County CPS office can be reached at 919-212-7471 and has frequent adoption information fairs.

Adoption Exchange, called AdoptUSKids, is a national archive that helps state welfare agencies connect waiting children with adoptive families.

The Children’s Home Society of North Carolina is the states largest foster and adoptive placement agency and has placed over 15,000 children into adoptive homes over the last century. They conduct informational sessions for people interested, as well as people available to answer questions at (855) 863-5217.

The Methodist Home for Children in Raleigh offers a foster to adopt program that licenses foster parents and prepares them for the possibility of adoption if a child in their care becomes available for adoption.

Let New Direction Family Law Assist You

New Direction Family Law is a full service family law firm that proudly provides legal representation regarding separations, divorces, and child custody disputes. Our attorneys are smart and passionate and work hard to protect our clients’ legal rights. We practice in Wake, Johnston, Lee, Harnett, Cumberland, Nash, Granville, Franklin, and Durham counties. Call New Direction Family Law today at (919) 719-3470 to schedule an appointment or visit us online at our website.