Adoptive families needed

 The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) is raising awareness about adoption and its lifelong positive impacts for the children and families involved. 
    Every child needs love, support, and a safe place to call home and there are youth in our state now who are waiting for the right family to open their hearts and homes to adoption.     
  Families and children grow through adoption and there is always a need for more adoptive families.  
     Adoption is a major commitment and South Dakota’s (DSS) has resources and staff to help you determine if it is right for you.
  “If you have questions about adoption, DSS has answers,” said DSS Cabinet Secretary Laurie Gill. “Whether your questions are about the process, about expenses associated with adoption, or if training is available, DSS has answers.”
     There is an ongoing need for parents willing to adopt siblings, older children and young people with complex medical and behavioral needs. Currently there are more than 100 children and teens in foster care in need of adoption in South Dakota.
     DSS and private adoption agencies across the state work to find loving, safe and stable permanent families for children.   
    “As long as there is a need for adoption, we will continue working to find homes that are just right for the children that are waiting,” Gill said. “We will not stop. We say it often because it is so important, ‘Every child deserves a safe loving home.’”
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