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Wisconsin Department of Children & Families

Address 1: 
201 East Washington Avenue, Second Floor
Address 2: 
P.O. Box 8916
City: 
Madison
State/Province: 
Wisconsin
ZIP/Post Code: 
53708
Phone: 
Adoption: 866-666-5532 Fostering: 608-264-6933

From the Wisonsin Department of Children & Famiies Site:

Louisiana Department of Social Services

Address 1: 
627 N. Fourth St.
City: 
Baton Rouge
State/Province: 
Louisiana
ZIP/Post Code: 
70802
Phone: 
(225) 342-0286

From the Louisiana Department of Social Servies site:

  • Children are best cared for in families
  • Solutions to Poverty are most effectively achieved in stong communities
  • Individuals with disabilities can be producive employees and live independently.

Missouri Department of Social Services

Address 1: 
221 West High Street
Address 2: 
P.O. Box 1527
City: 
Jefferson City 65102-1527
State/Province: 
Missouri
ZIP/Post Code: 
65102
Phone: 
1-800-554-2222

From the Missouri Adoption Services Page:

Iowa Department of Human Services

Address 1: 
Hoover State Office Building
Address 2: 
1305 E. Walnut Street
City: 
Des Moines
State/Province: 
Iowa
ZIP/Post Code: 
50319
Phone: 
(515) 281-5454

From the Iowa Department of Human Services Site:

The Mission of the Iowa Department of Human Services is to help individuals and families achieve safe, stable, self-sufficient, and healthy lives, thereby contributing to the economic growth of the state. We do this by keeping a customer focus, striving for excellence, sound stewardship of state resources, maximizing the use of federal funding and leveraging opportunities, and by working with our public and private partners to achieve results.

Minnesota Department of Human Services

State/Province: 
Minnesota
Phone: 
(651) 431-2000 (TTY/TDD service: (800) 627-3529)

From the MDHS site on Adoption:

Children of all ages need permanent, stable, loving families. The Minnesota Department of Human Services ensures that Minnesota children placed for adoption within the state or across state or international lines benefit from all legal protections and that they and their families receive support and social services to meet their individual needs.

Adoption creates a legal parent/child relationship for:

  • Children whose birth parents make an adoptive plan
  • Children adopted from outside the United States

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

Address 1: 
701 W. 51st Street
City: 
Austin
State/Province: 
Texas
ZIP/Post Code: 
78751
Phone: 
1-800-233-3405

from the TDFPS site:

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) was created with the passage of House Bill 2292 by 78th Texas Legislature, Regular Session. Previously called the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, DFPS is charged with protecting children, adults who are elderly or have disabilities living at home or in state facilities, and licensing group day-care homes, day-care centers, and registered family homes.

The site includes information about becoming a foster and/or adoptive parent.

Oklahoma Department of Human Services

Address 1: 
2400 N. Lincoln Blvd.
City: 
Oklahoma City
State/Province: 
Oklahoma
ZIP/Post Code: 
73105
Phone: 
1-866-242-9088

From the OKDHS site:

Teens Aging Out

20,000 kids age out of the foster care system every year. At 18, they find themselves suddenly without the support they had from the state and often without a home. I wrote a short blog post about this problem. It is a enormous point of failure.

Tonight we donated a futon couch to a young lady who is aging out. I'm interested in some of the other kinds of things folks have done or have considered doing to support kids who find themselves out in the cold.

Aging Out - A Point of Failure

At 18, the foster care system pretty much abandons it’s charges.  At 18 the state ceases to have any responsibility to those who are one of the most vulnerable in our society.  These are kids that were abandoned or were taken by social services.  They had hopes of being reunited with bio-family or perhaps being adopted by a nice family.  Instead they have often been bounced from foster home to foster home.  They might have lived in a group home.  These kids suffer from disorders like RAD, PTSD, and depression.  They often become substance abusers.  Many find themselves homeless or become teen parents.  They often lack the skills to support themselves and less than half graduate from high school.

National Foster Care Coalition

from the Foster Care Coalition site: