In South Carolina, November was National Adoption Month, and several children found homes within that time. However, as disclosed by a local adoption agency on Wednesday, December 8th, there’s still a great need for higher Lowcountry adoption rates. Children aged 0 to 18 years in Lowcountry’s foster care system are earnestly searching for a forever home.
According to Terrilynn Durham, an adoption specialist at Lowcountry Adoptions, placing children in homes is quite hard. The number one reason for this is that most families do not know how to deal with children between 10 and 17 years. In addition, Durham noted that this might be because preteens and teenagers are set in their ways, and some have experienced or are experiencing various traumas.
Durham said it could be problematic if a family doesn’t know how to relate or get the right resources to handle the trauma. However, the Lowcountry adoption specialist added that the agency is equipped to help parents work through these issues. Also, preteens and teens would love to spend the holidays with their families, and it would be great if they could get placed during this season.
Adoption is the social, emotional, and legal process in which children who are not under the custody of their birth parents become full and permanent legal members of their adopted family. There are thousands of children in need of forever homes in South Carolina. However, the adoption process is not easy, and those looking to adopt must meet some requirements under South Carolina law.
If you’re looking to adopt, it will be best to hire a Greenville adoption attorney to guide you through the process. Our Greenville family law attorneys can do this for you. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.