Adoption Services

There are situations where the court places children outside of their home and in the custody of the Division of Child Protection Services. Some of those children are not able to return home because of their parents’ circumstances, and the court orders adoptive custody with our Department.

The majority of the children who are awaiting adoption with DSS have a need relating to their age or a physical or emotional condition, mental disability, or being part of a sibling group, which can sometimes make it more of a challenge to find homes to best meet the needs of a child.

The priority is to place children in homes to provide for their needs on a permanent basis. While the children awaiting adoption are legally clear for adoption, they live in foster homes, group homes or other facilities.

These children need someone who can understand and meet their needs and someone they can depend on for stability and a permanent parent-child relationship.