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More adoptive families needed for older children, siblings, and children with special needs





For Immediate Release: Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Media Contact: Steve Long, steve.long@state.sd.us or 605.773.5465

More adoptive families needed for older children, siblings, and children with special needs

PIERRE – More adoptive families are needed for older children, sibling groups, and children who require specialized parenting for medical, developmental or emotional needs throughout South Dakota. 

“Adoption creates stability, sets the stage for a positive future, and nurtures a sense of belonging and stability that is so important in healthy youth development,” said Department of Social Services (DSS) Cabinet Secretary Laurie Gill. “The impact of an adoptive family’s love, commitment, and encouragement in these children’s lives is immeasurable.”

November is Adoption Awareness Month in South Dakota and DSS wants more families to consider the blessings adoption of children with special needs can bring.

“The thing about being adopted is it’s amazing,” said one 16-year-old South Dakota youth who now has an adoptive family, “because you finally have a home you’ve been waiting for, for how many years of your life!”

It is more of a challenge to find forever homes for older children, sibling groups, and children with medical conditions or physical, mental or emotional disabilities, Gill said. There are children in South Dakota waiting for a family. During Adoption Awareness Month, DSS is issuing a call to families across the state to consider adoption as an option.

To learn more about adoption, please call 605.221.2390 or toll-free at 844.344.9482 or visit https://dss.sd.gov/childprotection/adoption/.

The Stronger Families Together initiative was launched in May as a broad-based team focus on recruiting, preparing, and supporting more foster and adoptive families in South Dakota.