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For Immediate Release

November 8th, 2023

ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. – In accordance with the nationwide recognition of National Adoption Month, with November 18th designated National Adoption Day, Rockdale County Government proudly joins this observance, increasing awareness and promoting action to provide permanent, nurturing homes for children in need.

Rockdale County Juvenile Court Judge Maureen Wood has undertaken proactive measures to enhance the lives of children in foster care and fortify our community. To realize this vision, Judge Maureen Wood has established collaborative partnerships with the Law Office of Felita Cornog and the Georgia Department of Human Services (Rockdale County Division of Family & Children Services) to host a commemorative event in honor of National Adoption Day.

These organizations cordially invite the community to participate in this event on Friday, November 17th, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Restoration Storehouse, 1400 Parker Rd SE, Conyers, GA 30094.

The event, an informal and open-door gathering, provides an opportunity to understand the urgent need for foster and adoptive homes in Rockdale County and explore the available resources. Attendees will be educated on diverse avenues to contribute to the cause, even if they cannot serve as foster or adoptive parents.

Judge Maureen Wood emphasizes, ” People are surprised to hear that when children are placed into foster care, they are often also removed from their schools, churches, and neighborhoods and placed in different communities throughout the state. We have an abundance of caring and concerned citizens but a shortage of foster and adoptive homes in Rockdale County. I want to change that.”

The event will feature representatives from private child placement agencies and adoption agencies, delivering invaluable information and addressing queries related to private adoptions. The following agencies will be in attendance:

  • Rockdale County Juvenile Court (Judge Maureen Wood)
  • Law Office of Felita Cornog (Felita Cornog, Adoption Attorney)
  • Georgia Department of Human Services (Division of Family & Children Services)
  • Community Connections (Private Child Placement Agency)
  • Rockdale CASA
  • Rockdale County Clerk of State and Superior Courts (Janice Morris)
  • Foster and Adoptive Parents with lived experience

For additional information about this event or inquiries regarding fostering and adoption in Rockdale County, please contact Juvenile Court at (770) 278-7777.