At least five Cattaraugus County youth will be adopted in November when Cattaraugus County's Department of Social Services joins communities across the country in celebrating National Adoption Month.
"It's purpose is to focus attention on 'waiting children' and their need for loving, caring adoptive families," reports staff from the New York's Office of Children and Family Services about why the month is celebrated.
In 2009, state officials report, 2,197 children in foster care found permanent families through adoption, including 12 in Cattaraugus County, where the Department of Social Services assists in identifying adoptive families, most often the child's foster family, and prepares families and children for adoption.
The local department will recognize the month by hosting John Sobraske, a Rochester clinical social worker who specializes in adoption-related issues. He will discuss those topics Nov. 10 with foster and adoptive parents. On Nov. 22, the five children will be adopted in Cattaraugus County Family Court.
Those interested in becoming foster and or adoptive parents are asked to contact Judy Hill, adoption caseworker and foster home finder, at 373-8070.