New Hanover County – November is National Adoption Awareness Month and the New Hanover County Department of Social Services, in partnership with the Southeastern Adoption Consortium, will host their annual picnic to celebrate Adoption month Saturday, Nov. 3 at Hugh MacRae Park in Wilmington.
Each November the group hosts a picnic to celebrate National Adoption Month and to honor all of the foster and adoptive families who have opened up their homes and their hearts to children in need. The picnic will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Shelter 5 at Hugh MacRae Park and any families interested in learning more about foster care or adoption are invited to attend. There will be information about foster care and adoption from the various agencies in addition to food and games. Local musician Daniel Parish will perform music at the picnic and the group is looking forward to a beautiful day of celebration and laughter.
According to the Alliance for Children’s Rights and the Child Welfare Information Gateway, 52,000 children in U.S. foster care were adopted last year. There are currently approximately 408,000 children in foster care nationwide. Of these, approximately 104,000 are legally freed for adoption and waiting for a forever family.
The Southeastern Adoption Consortium is comprised of public and private agencies who work together to share ideas, resources and knowledge about issues related to foster care and adoption. The Adoption Consortium is comprised of the following agencies: New Hanover County Department of Social Services (DSS), Craven County DSS, Onslow County DSS, Bladen County DSS, Pender County DSS, Brunswick County DSS, Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Children’s Home Society and Methodist Homes for Children.
For more information about foster care and adoption, contact Brian Bocnuk at (910) 798-3545 or visit the New Hanover County Social Services Website at http://ww.nhcgov.com/SocialServices.