Today there are nearly 100 foster children in Indiana waiting for permanent homes. Six county offices of the Indiana Department of Child Services, in collaboration with the Children’s Bureau, have scheduled a special reception to provide information to prospective adoptive parents and celebrate local adoptive families from Ripley, Dearborn, Decatur, Jefferson, Ohio and Switzerland counties.
The event will take place Saturday, Nov. 23, from 1-3 p.m. at the Lawrenceburg firehouse, 300 W. Tate St. Special guests expected to attend include the Hon. James 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. Adoptive families and other attendees will enjoy refreshments and activities for children. Photographs of the happy occasion will be made available for the families.
Barbara Bowling, DCS regional manager for the six participating counties, said, “It’s no coincidence that National Adoption Awareness Month is positioned in ... November when Americans celebrate a time of thanksgiving. It gives us policymakers, practitioners and advocates a chance to say ‘thanks’ to the many adoptive mothers and fathers who help their children thrive by encouraging them to aim high, work hard and make good choices that will lead to healthy and satisfying lives.”
While special attention is given to adoptions during November, DCS and its partners work year-round to find permanent homes for kids. To help build awareness about adoptable foster children, DCS has 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 at www.in.gov/dcs/2737.htm. To provide support for parents who adopt a foster child, DCS and its partners offer postadoptive services including referrals, therapy, crisis intervention, support groups and mentoring.
According to the news release, “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 unadoptable child.”
Persons may call toll-free 888-25ADOPT to get more information about adopting a foster child.