Vermont Biz, Press Release

Vermont Biz, Press Release, Friday, November 25 to Saturday, November 26, 2022 11am to 4pm

Vermont Governor Phil Scott recently proclaimed November as Adoption Month in Vermont, recognizing the importance of making sure every child has a permanent, safe, and loving family. Adoption Month is a time to: Celebrate and honor all people whose lives are touched by adoption. Focus attention on children and youth still waiting for their forever families. There are currently about 100 waiting children in Vermont. Project Family, a partnership between Lund and the Department for Children and Families (DCF), works to find permanent families for children and youth. But more families are needed, especially for youth over the age of 14. The chances of a child under eight being adopted are almost nine times greater than for one over 14. In 2021: 201 children and youth were adopted following DCF involvement. There were 81 agreements for ongoing contact between the birth parents and children. These numbers highlight the value of connection to a child’s birth family.