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November is National Adoption Month - Nov. 19 named as statewide Adoption Day

As National Adoption Month begins, more than 600 children in South Carolina are available for
adoption from the state’s foster care system.

That’s 600 conversations over breakfast, 600 birthday parties and 600 goodnight hugs that
could take shape around 600 new families.

“Every child needs the love and protection of a forever family,” DSS Acting State Director Joan
Meacham said. “Our waiting children deserve happy endings.”

To highlight the opportunity, S.C. Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty has declared Nov. 19 as
Adoption Day in South Carolina. Day-long hearings to finalize adoptions will be held in four
judicial circuits, with 65 children scheduled to be adopted into 45 families.

Gov. Henry McMaster also issued a proclamation declaring November Adoption Month and
Nov. 19 statewide Adoption Day.

“Our young people are South Carolina’s greatest resource, and we have 600 of them who need
families,” McMaster said. “Our state is filled with loving, caring people who want the best for
their neighbors, and providing a loving home for someone in need can change a life. Adoption is
a great sacrifice, but also a great gift, and I ask that everyone consider whether it’s an option for
your family.”

In fiscal year 2017-2018, 478 children were adopted out of the foster care system, with an
average of 40 each month. The average age of children waiting to be adopted is 11 years old.

“Adoption has blessed so many families in our state,” Meacham said. “If you have ever
considered adopting a child, please make the call today.”

Here’s what you can expect in the five steps to a family for life:

  • Make the call to HeartFelt Calling, (888) 828-3555, and fill out an application or visit
    www.hearttfeltcalling.org
  • Attend training to help identify the types of children that would best fit into your family.
  • Meet with an adoption specialist for interviews in your home. Submit medical forms and
    references. Complete your home’s fire and sanitation inspections.
  • A selection committee matches a child with your family and shares the child’s full
    background and unique needs.
  • Meet the child and begin getting to know each other. When the child and your family are
    ready, the child is placed in your home. You are now on the way to your final adoption
    day.

You can find more information about South Carolina’s waiting children at www.scheartgallery.org and www.dss.sc.gov/adoptions.