Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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November 10, 2014

November is Adoption Awareness Month in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. –During the month of November the South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) will emphasize the critical need for adoptive parents for children who are waiting for forever homes.

The month of November has been named Adoption Awareness Month.

“There is continuously a need for adoptive parents in South Dakota, including relatives of the children, who are willing to provide a safe and loving home,” said Virgena Wieseler, director of the Division of Child Protective Services. “Adoption is a selfless act and current adoptive parents should be recognized for their generous commitment.”

Since July 1, 2013, 186 children in South Dakota were adopted through the Department of Social Services; several other adoptions also took place through independent and private agencies throughout the state.

These children range widely in age and may have physical or emotional challenges, developmental disabilities or are part of sibling groups, who all need a place to call home. It is a DSS priority to place children in homes that will be able to provide for their individual needs.

The Department of Social Services offers services to adoptive families to help them meet the unique needs of the children adopted through the department. For more information, visit