County to make adopting children easier

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SAN DIEGO - Changes to San Diego County’s adoption system could make the process easier for foster parents and those wanting to adopt.

County Supervisors Greg Cox and Dave Roberts announced Tuesday changes to the existing Exceptional Families for Exceptional Children Campaign that they say will reduce paperwork and streamline the adoption process.

Additional changes in the works include an online portal to assist families with quick status updates.

“One of the problems that we saw is that some children got stuck in the system. Some foster parents that wanted to adopt said there was so much duplication – you had to go through so much paperwork, fingerprints then you have to do everything again for the adoption system,” said Roberts.

Roberts is a father of five adopted children and was inspired by his own struggle to help other families.

“You have to remember that with a county with more than 3 million people we have 3,000 kids in the system at any given time,” said Roberts.

Supervisors plan to add additional ombudsmen – personnel other than social workers who will be available to guide families through the process.

Since the launch of the Exceptional Families for Exceptional Children campaign in 2013, 30 out of 46 children in the program have been placed with new families – most of them older children who are not easily adopted.

The suggested changes stemmed from a 6-month focus group and are still being worked into the system.

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