November is Adoption Awareness Month. It's a time to recognize and celebrate with families who have adopted children from the foster care system or are in the process of adopting.
In 2016, eight adoptions were finalized in Crow Wing County, and five have been finalized so far in 2017. Twenty-one more children are in pre-adoptive homes awaiting finalization.
While Crow Wing County is grateful for the adoptive families, it is also grateful for foster care providers. The process to become a licensed foster care provider takes about three to six months. It involves meeting with a licensing social worker, completing an application, passing a background check, training and having a home that meets the guidelines.
Individuals and families who apply to be foster parents are given training and support before, during and after they are licensed. There is a monthly stipend to cover the foster child's expenses.
There are currently 180 children in foster care in Crow Wing County, and many need permanent homes. If you are considering adoption or foster care, contact Crow Wing County Community Services at 218-824-1140.