Hochul Kicks Off Adoption Awareness Month with $4.7 Million in OCFS Funding

J.M. Lesinski

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To kick off Adoption Awareness Month, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently made $4.7 million in federal funding available to the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) for support of a wide range of adoption-related services.

"There is no overstating the positive impact and crucial role that a loving, supportive household can have on a child's life," Hochul remarked of the funding. "Kathryn and Darryl's stories are just two out of thousands that showcase the amazing work done throughout New York State to help children seeking adoption. This funding, along with our continued investments, will help unite even more children with stable, loving families and a place they can call home once and for all."

The OCFS will primarily use the funding provided to help recruit more adoptive homes and train more on adoption casework, but will also work in partnership with Heart Gallery New York, Adoption Album, and Wendy’s Wonderful Kids - three vital sources for adoptive services across New York state.

"Every child has the right to a stable and secure home environment. As a former member of Congress, I have fought for the rights of children and families across New York and the nation, and I continue to do so as Lieutenant Governor," stated Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado of the funding. "I am proud to be part of an administration that is investing in programs that protect children in foster care, increase adoptions and guardianships, and provide critical trainings, supports and services for children and families as they embark on their adoption journey."

To continue to raise awareness of Adoption Awareness Month, the OCFS has also launched the #BeTheChangeNY campaign in effort to encourage New Yorkers to educate themselves on the process and consider adoption.

"Nearly 700 children in foster care are still actively waiting for an adoptive family,” New York State Director of Operations Kathryn Garcia noted of the funding. “When I think about my own adoption story, it's clear that everybody needs a forever family to nurture and support them. Finding forever homes starts with adoption education and providing the resources to make sure families that embrace adoption have the tools to stay together and be successful."

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