November is National Adoption Awareness Month and several adoption groups held a fair in Nashville this weekend to encourage more parents to adopt.
Lisa Collins is an adoption lawyer that helps coordinate the Interagency Council for Adoption that put on the event. She says the group provides invaluable informational resources for prospective parents and women looking to give up children for adoption.
Collins says adoptions from overseas represent the fastest growing category of adoptions but Collins says the group tries to educate about other options such as adopting a sibling group or an older child. Collins says there are many resources available to assist families to pay for any special services this group of kids might need.
“Also there’s other federal financial incentives for those children. There’s a tax credit available for those children to be adopted into homes and the goal is get those children into permanent homes and out of the foster care system.”
The Department of Children’s services estimates it has about 800 children in the foster care system for Davidson County, but says their primary goal is to re-integrate children with their families, so not all 800 kids need permanent homes.