AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Governor Bob McDonnell will outline his budget proposal on Monday, less than a month before he leaves office.
Part of the governor's budget includes nearly 28 million dollars for foster care. The money will be used to improve adoptions.
Belinda Shrewsbury adopted through People Places and the Department of Social Services. Shrewsbury said she's happy the governor is getting the word out about all the kids who need homes.
By the end of his term, Governor McDonnell hopes that 1,000 foster kids will get adopted.
So far, the Virginia Adopts Initiative has helped place 977 kids. Shrewsbury says it took 14 months for her to adopt her three kids, Kimberly, Brandon and Kevin from the foster system.
Shrewsbury understands there is a lot of paperwork and staffing issues sometimes with social services.
But, Shrewsbury says she wishes the process could be quicker.
"They don't have that completely feeling of being in that forever home until they hear those words 'it's final'....There are so many kids that need that home, they need that loving family that they can call their own," said Shrewsbury.
Governor McDonnell said historically the child welfare system has focused primarily on protecting children. This line in the budget is a way to further the goal to help kids find permanent homes.
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