It is no accident Madera County’s public adoptions program strives to get children into permanent safe and caring homes as fast as possible. A desire for more efficient local service is part of the reason it exists at all.
Formerly handled by the Fresno district office of the California Department of Social Services, local adoptions were taken over by the Madera County Department of Social Services six months ago when the state department’s funding was realigned.
By internalizing the program, the local department hoped to minimize glitches that would ultimately cause delays in getting kids adopted, said retired deputy director Susan Arteaga.
The department works with the families of children who have been removed from their homes to help reunite the kids with their parents or find homes for them elsewhere. Social workers develop concurrent plans for their clients in either situation...