November, Adoption Awareness in Illinois
Illinois DCFS urging the public to become adoptive parents

Jen Florent, Public Information Officer III, DCFS Office of Communications

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Thanks to thousands of adoptive parents across the state, 15,314 children have found permanent homes over the last decade, including 1,559 children in the last year; yet there are nearly 1,400 children of all ages, backgrounds and needs awaiting a loving, permanent family.
“From the moment a child comes into our care we need to start thinking about finding a permanent home if they cannot safely return home. This goal should drive every single decision that is made about the child and their family,” said Illinois DCFS Director George H. Sheldon. “Children should not spend years in foster care. They should not have to bounce from home to home, separated from their siblings, leaving pets, changing schools and worrying about what lies ahead in the next home they are sent to.”
For more information about how you can be the forever family to a child in need by becoming a foster or adoptive parent, visit www.DCFS.Illinois.gov and click on “Loving Homes.”

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