November has been named Adoption Awareness Month, and the Department of Social Services is spreading the word about adoption and the need for foster parents in the Mount Rushmore State.
Steve Deming with the Children's Home Society says there are 100 children statewide and 15 children around Rapid City currently looking for adoptive homes.
Deming says it's important to get kids into loving homes and give them someone to count on for support.
Deming says "We're trying to find them a safe home, a good home to teach them how to live in a family again, help them heal from the trauma and abuse that they experienced, and for some kids and some families we're looking for a forever. We're looking for adoptive placements to be made and provide those kids with a solid foundation they need for the rest of their life."
Deming says the Children's Home Society has had a lot of success stories in their short time of existence.
Deming says, "We're really proud to say that in the 5 years that we've been around we've adopted 32 kids out of this program. We've had 9 kids adopted in the last year alone and we have 12 kids right now that are already matched with their adoptive family and are just waiting for finalization."
If you'd like to learn more about becoming a foster parent, the Children's Home Society will host a series of informational meetings Tuesday.
They'll be at the Colonial House at 7 a.m., Que Pasa at noon and Beau Jo's at 6 p.m.