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Saturday, March 6, 2021

Adoption Awareness Month

Each year, the U.S. Children’s Bureau recognizes November as National Adoption Month. This initiative aims to increase awareness of children in the foster care system who are in need of a loving family.

In conjunction with National Adoption Month, the Indiana Adoption Program and the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) are partnering with the Indiana Supreme Court to share the stories of children who have gone through the foster care system. This initiative, Stories of DCS, chronicles stories of several children who have found their forever home and their adoptive families with multiple blog posts and a podcast.

The Indiana Supreme Court recently signed an order permanently authorizing the media to broadcast uncontested adoption proceedings, which allows the public to witness and celebrate families’ happy moments as adoptions are finalized across the state.

This campaign comes a couple of months after Indiana was announced the top state in the nation for increasing the number of children adopted from foster care. While we’ve made great success, there are still more than 1,500 children eligible for adoption in Indiana, with 300 still looking for an adoptive family.

Each and every child deserves a stable home, a loving family and a fighting chance. Many Hoosier children still long for a family to open their home and their hearts to them. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent, visit IndianaFosterCare.org or IndianaAdoptionProgram.org.

As always, feel free to contact my office directly with your questions and concerns by email at Senator.Messmer@iga.in.gov or by phone at 800-382-9467.

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