GENESEO, N.Y., Nov. 15, 2022 – The Livingston County Board of Supervisors recognizes the importance that foster parents and adoptive families play in the development of children across the country and, as such, has proclaimed November 2022 as Adoption Awareness Month in the County.
Each November, during the annual observance of Adoption Awareness Month, Livingston County recognizes that our citizens have a compassionate tradition for opening their hearts to children in need of a permanent home.
In New York State, of the 14,166 children in foster care, 3,444 have a goal of adoption and approximately 1,195 are legally freed and waiting for an adoptive family. Fifty two percent (52%) of these children in New York State’s foster care system reside in New York City and forty eight percent (48%) in upstate counties. Few waiting children are three years old or younger while many are between the ages of 6 and 13 and over one third are teens, aged 14 and over.
The children remaining in care have experienced some neglect and/or abuse in their lives. They not only need, but want the stability and unconditional love of a family so that they can learn to trust while also working towards reestablishing their own self-confidence. Families are also needed to teach things some may take for granted such as how to ride bikes, make cookies, read, dance or play basketball to name a few.
Livingston County Family Court and Department of Social Services, with support from Glove House and the Greater Rochester Regional Permanency Center, will be hosting an Adoption Event in November to commemorate adoptions that have been finalized in the past three years.
This special observance reminds us that we can offer the hope of a better tomorrow to many children through adoption. As families and communities across our County, State and Nation gather to celebrate and give thanks for our many blessings, it is the goal of all of us that every child awaiting adoption finds a permanent and loving family.
For more information on becoming a foster/adoptive parent please contact Livingston County Department of Social Services at (585) 243-7300.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is comprised of more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.