By Renny MacKay
Laramie, WY – Over the last five years there has been a significant increase in the number of children adopted out of Wyoming's foster care system. The Department of Family Services says the number went from around 40 children to over 70 in 2009. These cases involve children whose parents are no longer able to take care of them. The kids are mostly adopted by other relatives or often by foster parents. Paul Fritzler is the district manager for Family Services in Natrona County. He says even the biological parents sometimes ask to have their children adopted by the foster families.
"That's one reason we need to continually recruit foster parents because they are the ones that become bonded to the kids and the parents through working with the foster parents have come to know them and the good care they provide to the kid and they want to have their kids adopted to them."
Officials with the Department of Family Services point to new federal laws that have pushed social workers to find permanent placement for children in the foster care system for this increase in adoptions.