Atlanta, Ga. – The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) is looking for adoptive families for over 300 children in its care. On June 3, DFCS launched a marketing campaign to recruit adoptive parents throughout Georgia for those children who have been permanently separated from their birth families. There is a particular need for “forever families” for sibling groups and teenagers.
Each week for the next five weeks, DFCS will highlight a teen or sibling group that is looking for a family in the hopes that not only they will find an adoptive family but that it will also lead to the adoption of other children in foster care. DFCS believes that all children have a right to a family and a safe home of their own. Building awareness about adoption opportunities and recruiting adoptive parents is a key initiative for DFCS.
“Teenagers need and want families too,” said DFCS Director Bobby Cagle. “Often teens are overlooked when prospective families are looking to adopt. But I think most would agree that it is during adolescence that children really need parental love, guidance and support. We have a large number of teens all over the state of Georgia who are eligible for adoption and are waiting for families.”
Sixteen-year-old Joseph wants a loving family who will provide him with attention and encouragement. He enjoys attending church, spending time with his friends, participating in sports and playing with animals. Joseph also likes taking things apart and putting them back together and playing video and board games. Highly intelligent, Joseph enjoys all subjects at school, especially math, and plans to be an engineer when he grows up. Finding an adoptive family is still important to him because he believes that everyone needs parents, regardless of his or her age. He hopes to find a connection with a “forever family” that will help guide him as he moves into adulthood and will be there to help celebrate his successes.
Joseph needs a loving, adoptive family who will provide him with a nurturing environment so that he can continue to thrive and reach his goals. For more information about Joseph, the adoption process and other children looking for an adoptive family, call 877.210.KIDS or visit www.itsmyturnnow.dhs.ga.gov.