MILWAUKEE (3/17/2010) - Children's Service Society of Wisconsin has helped more than 3,000 children find forever homes through adoption in Milwaukee County.
In 2001, the State of Wisconsin Department of Children and Families contracted with Children's Service Society to find adoptive homes for children in need. The Department of Children and Families contracts Children's Service Society to recruit, license and finalize the adoptions for the children they serve in foster care.
"When we assumed the contract, there were many children waiting for their adoptions to be finalized. In 2003 and 2004, we completed the adoption of more than 1,200 children who had been waiting a long time for a family," said Cathy Swessel, director, Foster Care and Adoption.
Once the backlog of waiting children was resolved, the numbers stabilized and Children's Service Society now averages approximately 250 adoptions per year.