"Alabama is making great progress in encouraging adoption. Our efforts are working to dramatically increase the adoption of foster children into loving, permanent families…So many lives are being changed for the better."
This statement was made by Alabama Governor, Bob Riley at a celebration attended by parents and their adopted children. Governor Riley announced that during the year of 2009 676 waiting children were adopted through the state of Alabama’s adoption system. This number is up 60% from the previous record in 2008 which was 476 adoptions. This is a reason to celebrate. That is 676 children that do not have to go through life alone anymore, 676 families that are finally complete and 676 miracles from God above.
The majority of these adoptions were foster parents adopting the children in their care. This blessing is especially great for the foster parents who got to see the children enter into care and transform from a foster child to a family member.
Commissioner Nancy Buckner of the Department of Human Resources credited the huge jump in adoptions to a greater focus by the department.
"Our county DHR staff has really approached adoptions with a more concentrated effort than ever before. We are spreading the message there is an urgency for permanency", said Commissioner Buckner." With their work, office staff, outstanding foster parents, and wonderful partners to assist us, more families are experiencing the great joy of adoption in Alabama."
Governor Riley said that the event pays tributes to adoptive families but also raises awareness.
"We’re also here to draw attention to other children who are still waiting to find that permanent home. We want to encourage more Alabamians to adopt. Adopted children strengthen families and warm hearts", said Governor Riley.
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