November Is National Adoption Month; Nov. 23 Event
Press release from Indiana Department of Child Services
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – November is National Adoption Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the adoption of children and youth from foster care. Six county offices of the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS), in collaboration with the Children’s Bureau, have scheduled a special reception to celebrate local adoptive families and to provide information to prospective adoptive parents. The event will take place in Lawrenceburg on Saturday, Nov. 23. The celebration will include adoptive families and adoption professionals from Dearborn, Decatur, Jefferson, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties.
“It’s no coincidence that National Adoption Awareness Month is positioned in the month of November when Americans celebrate a time of thanksgiving,” said Barbara Bowling, regional manager for the six county DCS offices participating. “It gives us policymakers, practitioners and advocates a chance to say ‘thanks’ to the many adoptive mothers and fathers that help their children thrive by encouraging them to aim high, work hard and make good choices that will lead to healthy and satisfying lives.”
The free and open-to-the-public special reception on Saturday is scheduled for 1 pm to 3 pm at the firehouse in Lawrenceburg. Adoptive families and other attendees will enjoy refreshments and activities for children. Photographs of the happy occasion will be made available for the families. Special guests expected to attend include the Honorable James D. Humphrey, Dearborn/Ohio Circuit Court Judge. In addition, two adoptive families will share their life-changing adoption stories. An adoption champion from the Children’s Bureau will also be there to provide adoption materials and answer adoption questions.
While special attention is given to adoptions each year during November, DCS and its partners work year-round to find permanent homes for kids. To help build awareness about adoptable foster children continuously throughout the year, DCS developed a compelling portraits display of children in need of adoptive families. The exhibit, called the Indiana Heart Gallery, travels to over 50 venues around the state each year.
In addition, an online picture book with photos and short bios of adoptable kids is available (see http://www.in.gov/dcs/2737.htm). To provide support for parents that adopt a foster child, DCS and its partners offer post-adoptive services including referrals, therapy, crisis intervention, support groups and mentoring.
To be eligible to adopt a child from the foster care system, you do not have to be rich, own your own house or even be married. You only need space in your heart to provide love for a child. Though waiting kids come from a variety of backgrounds— some are part of a sibling group, many are older children or adolescents and some have physical or mental disabilities—DCS and its partners are committed to proving there is no such thing as an un-adoptable child.
Top 5 Reasons to Consider Adopting a Foster Child:
#5 – Patience and a sense of humor are two of your greatest strengths.
#4 – You have a heart that is bigger than your home.
#3 – You know how important it is to be part of a family.
#2 – You believe every kid counts.
And the #1 reason to consider adopting a foster child: Today there are nearly 100 foster children in Indiana waiting for permanent homes.
For more information about adopting a foster child, call 1-888-25ADOPT.
The Lawrenceburg firehouse is located at 300 West Tate Street in Lawrenceburg.