Central Office: Office of Child & Family Services
From the Maine.gov site:
Who are the Children Available for Adoption Through the Department of Health and Human Services?
While there are presently many children who need adoptive families, they are generally not infants or toddlers. Most of today's waiting children are grade school age, or older. Many have physical, mental or emotional disabilities.
Albemarle Building 8th Floor
From the North Carolina Division of Social Services Adoption Page:
Some foster children will never go back to their birth family. We are committed to the principle that every one of these children deserves a "forever family". We have the firm belief that a safe, permanent, and nurturing home can be found for any child who needs one. We also firmly believe that we are responsible for enabling this. Adoption Services are designed to find permanent homes for children and to provide support to the families who adopt them.
Cordell Hull Building 7th Floor
From the Tennessee Department of Children's Services Page:
As Tennessee's public child welfare agency, the Department of Children’s Services is responsible for helping some of our state's most vulnerable citizens.
Our case managers have the responsibility investigating cases of child abuse and neglect. Our resource parent specialists work to find good foster homes and adoptive families. Our juvenile justice program treats the youthful offenders who are sent to us by the courts.
From the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Adoption Page:
The Adoption Services Branch is responsible for program oversight and planning in the area of adoption services. The primary focus is timely permanency planning and achievement for committed children in out of home care.
From the Indiana ICS page:
Vision: Children thrive in safe, caring, supportive families and communities.
Mission: The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) protects children from abuse and neglect. DCS does this by partnering with families and communities to provide safe, nurturing, and stable homes.
Values: Protecting Our Children, Families and Future.
From the Michigan Department of Human Services Site:
This philosophy serves as a guide for all DHS child welfare policycontracing and payment approaches, inclusive of protective services, foster care, adoption, and juvenile justice.
Our first priority is to keep children safe. We recognize that parents (or other legal guardians) have primary responsibility for keeping their own children safe, but when they cannot or do not, we have been entrusted with the authority to intervene on behalf of the child.
From the MDHS Division of Family and Children Services adoption page:
Who are the Children Waiting for Adoption?
All of the children available for adoption through the Department of Human Services have one thing in common: Their biological parents are no longer able to care for them.
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From the Illinois DCFS Adoption page:
Adoption offers a chance at a new beginning for many children cared for by the Department. Families constitute the building blocks of society. They provide children with the love and security needed to grow into healthy adults.
The Department helps thousands of adoptable children to find a new home each year. Most children placed by DCFS were from homes so abusive or neglectful that it would be unsafe for them to return.
From the Louisiana Department of Social Servies site:
- Children are best cared for in families
- Solutions to Poverty are most effectively achieved in stong communities
- Individuals with disabilities can be producive employees and live independently.
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From the Missouri Adoption Services Page: