NORFOLK, VA – November is National Adoption Month and, thanks to the caring and compassionate Family Services Team at the Department of Human Services, the City of Norfolk leads the way in completed adoptions this year for the Eastern Region of Virginia.
Norfolk finalized the most adoptions – 30 – of the 120 children who found their forever families in the Eastern Region. That total matches the number of adoptions completed by Norfolk’s DHS last year. Statewide, 858 children found permanent adoptive families.
Emily Lowe, Permanency Practice Consultant for the Virginia Department of Social Services, wrote a note of congratulations to the team.
“You and your staff have helped these children find forever families, which I am sure has brought much light and peace to their lives,” she wrote.
Norfolk canceled its annual in-person recognition and reception for adoptive families this year because of the ongoing pandemic. Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander, Ph.D., will read the annual Adoption Month proclamation into the City Council’s record on Tuesday, November 10.
For the Perryman family, Lakeshia and Raqwon Perryman and their adopted son, Angel, adoption means “providing a forever home and family for the child(ren) God intended. When I asked our son what adoption means to him he said, ‘Adoption is a long but exciting journey with a new family.’ Although the process can be challenging, the reward is greater than anything imagined. It’s important not to give up hope.”
DHS Acting Director Denise Gallop lauded the focus and dedication of the DHS team.
“Finalized adoptions mean forever families for children who would otherwise linger in foster care,” Gallop said. “One child at a time!”
Thirty children in Norfolk await their new families. Be the light in the world of a child. For more information about foster care or adoption, call 757-664-7722 or email Camille Campos-Wilson.