2017 National Adoption Awarenss Month
CT’s Inclusiveness Offers Greater Opportunities To Find Forever Families For Children In Foster Care
CT To Appeal To LGTBQ Families During Adoption Awareness Month
HARTFORD – Connecticut is using the month of November, which is Adoption Awareness Month, to appeal to LGTBQ families to consider adopting a child who is in foster care. Since 2007, it is estimated that at least 87 same-sex couples have adopted a child from foster care in Connecticut.
“Connecticut can be proud that its acceptance of all families has opened loving homes to children in foster care who deserve a forever family,” Governor Dannel P. Malloy said. “During this time where division marks so much of our national debate, Connecticut demonstrates that being inclusive and embracing diversity is good for all us -- and especially our children.”
Department of Children and Families (DCF) Commissioner Joette Katz, who as a member of the Connecticut Supreme Court voted in 2008 with the majority that decided that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, said, “Adoptions by LGBTQ families are not just about civil rights, it is about doing right by our children. There are still too many children in Connecticut without a permanent family, and we need to ensure that every Connecticut family and of every type knows we will support their interest in adopting.”
Connecticut DCF has supported same-sex couple adoptions for many years and has conducted targeted outreach over the last 10 years, including advertising in media serving the LGBTQ community and distributing recruitment information at the Gay Pride Festival in Hartford and at other community events.
Later in November, Governor Malloy and Commissioner Katz will hold a press conference with same-sex couples who have adopted children from foster care. Then on November 17, juvenile courts are expected to complete about 80 adoptions as part of Adoption Day with some of those adoptions occurring in open court. Finally, on November 18, a choral studio in Hamden will have a special Adoption Month concert with proceeds going to benefit children in foster care.
Background on Adoption from Foster Car:
- Last year (State Fiscal Year 2017), there were 436 children who were adopted from foster care and another 323 children whose guardianship was transferred to a relative or someone they knew.
- CT supports families who adopt children from foster care through a variety of ways, including monthly stipends to pay for the cost of caring for the child, health insurance for the child, and special supports such as counseling and respite.
- The need for homes for children in certain special groups is greater than for others. Sibling groups, teenagers, children of color, and children with special medical or other special needs are more challenging to find homes for.
- There are 4.305 children in foster care as of September 1, 2017 – which is a reduction of nearly 10 percent compared to January 2011 when this administration began. About half of those will go back to their families. In addition, many – about 40 percent – are currently living with relatives or kin.
- All kinds of families can adopt. There are no restrictions based on household characteristics related to marriage or sexual identity or preference. You don’t need to own your home. Renters are equally valued, and your household income only needs to be adequate to support household members without counting the adoption subsidy.
- Requirements for being licensed to adopt, which can take four to six months to complete, include:
- Pre-licensing training equal to 30 hours – which can take about 10 weeks;
- Home visits by our licensing staff and a home study, which comes at no cost; and
- Background checks for criminal or child abuse history that could prevent licensure.
PLEASE CALL 888-KID-HERO OR GO TO CTFOSTERADOPT.COM, AND YOU WILL BE CONNECTED TO A KNOWLEDGEABLE PROFESSIONAL TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH EACH STEP ALONG THE WAY.