Last week Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced that, for the third year in a row, Alabama reported a record number of foster care adoptions.
According to a news release, there were 814 foster care adoptions in Fiscal Year 2020, which is an all-time record for Alabama. That number breaks last year’s record of 731 adoptions.
“I am so proud that Alabama has set yet another record and placed so many children in permanent homes,” Ivey said. “I am so appreciative for the innovative work of our adoption professionals and the Department of Human Resources, during this unique time, to complete this record number of adoptions.
“Also, I sincerely thank our foster families, and most importantly, the forever families, for giving these children loving homes and for your sacrifice and love for our children.”
According to the news release, 70.5 percent of children who left foster care went home with family members of their biological parent(s).
“This is a truly important milestone in a year that has seen many delays to finalizing adoptions, due ot the pandemic,” Alabama Department of Human Resources Commissioner Nancy Buckner said. “We could not have accomplished this milestone without our vital partners in the permanency and adoption process, especially the judges and adoptive parents.
“However, we must be mindful that the work is not done. We have hundreds of additional children that continue to wait for his or her permanent family. Our staff and others are working hard every day to give these children that needed permanency. There are no unwanted children, just unfound families.”