AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging families to open their homes and adopt children as part of Adoption Awareness Month.

Since 2011, 1,145 individuals and families have adopted 1,746 Maine children. This year so far, 295 children have been adopted, according to DHHS.

Today in Maine, there are 1,965 children in state custody. Unfortunately, each year more than 100 Maine children leave foster care between the ages of 18 to 21 through a route other than adoption.

“An adoptive parent once said something that has since stuck with me, ‘Every child is one adult away from becoming a success story.’ It takes only one caring and loving adult to come in and change their life for the better. These children deserve a good, permanent home. I strongly encourage anyone who is interested in becoming a foster parent and adopting a child in need to contact Maine DHHS,” said Commissioner Mary Mayhew.

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