When it comes to the topic of adoption, Louisiana is earmarked to receive a national award. The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) was recently recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It is being celebrated as one of 12 states in the country for helping foster children to be placed with families for adoption.
The HHS applauded DCFS for its extraordinary contributions in supporting permanent outcomes for children in foster care. Changes Louisiana made to the adoption system in 2016 apparently improved the relationships between the DCFS, foster families and parents. Louisiana has seen three years of record numbers of adoptions — finding more than 2,400 foster children permanent homes.
The DCFS will be honored in November in Washington. D.C. at a Children’s Bureau celebration of National Adoption Month. The accolade was established by the HHS in 1997 and bestowed on those organizations who work to place foster children with permanent families for adoption. Louisiana Governor John Edwards said by working with many advocates, the state has been able to revamp the foster care system, allowing more children to be adopted by loving families.
Louisiana residents who are thinking about adoption and giving a child in foster care a permanent home may wish to speak with a family law attorney about the procedures that govern the process. Adopting a child is a joyous life event, but it comes with complex rules that a lawyer can explain in a way that makes sense. The attorney can help to avoid complicated situations that sometimes arise in the adoption process.