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1,200 Connecticut kids looking for homes during National Adoption Month

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There are nearly 1,200 children in Connecticut in foster care, waiting to be adopted. But, the sad reality is that many of them never find families. Numbers show that across the state, there is a need for more families to adopt or foster. The Department of Children and Families celebrates November as National Adoption Month, and it is focusing on child-specific recruitment efforts that rely on relatives and other people with established connections to the child.

German Rojas, 18, is an example of a child who has been in the DCF foster system for 6 years. In that time he has had 6 different parents, but never adopted. Rojas is one of the many in the system who is sticking it out to the end. At age 18, foster child can sign themselves out of DCF care, but Rojas is not. He is a senior in high school with his eyes set on UConn for college. He has a sharp mind and ambitions to go far. He said without DCF he doesn’t know where he would have ended up.

“We see many kids on the streets if they sign themselves out at 18,” said AJ Granta, a behaviorist with Community Residences, Inc. CRI is an agency that works with DCF to place children and families. They want families to give adoption or foster care a chance.  To follow CRI and their events and activities check its Twitter handle @fosterhopect.

For more information you can head to www.ctfostercare.com and  www.ct.gov/dcf

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