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[DCS] Washington Co. DCS, Children's Bureau, Celebrate Adoption Month
Start Date: 11/19/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 11/19/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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SALEM, Ind. (Nov. 19, 2013)—November is National Adoption Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the adoption of children and youth from foster care. The Washington County office of the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) together with the Children’s Bureau, work together to recruit families interested in adopting children from Indiana’s foster care system. To celebrate local adoptive families and to provide information to prospective adoptive parents, DCS and the Children’s Bureau are collaborating on a special event at the Washington County Circuit Courthouse in Salem on Friday, Nov. 22.

 

“Since November is the month of Thanksgiving, there’s no better time for us policymakers, practitioners and advocates to take the opportunity to say ‘thanks’ to the many adoptive mothers and fathers. It is fitting that National Adoption Awareness Month is positioned in the month when Americans celebrate a time of thanksgiving,” said Mark Barry, director of the Washington County DCS office. “These mothers and fathers 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 special reception on Friday begins at 8:30 am and will include refreshments and special gifts for adoptive families. In addition, photographs of the happy occasion will be made available for the families. Special guests expected to attend include Washington County Circuit Court Judge Larry Medlock. A Children’s Bureau representative will also be there to provide adoption materials and be available to 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 Washington County Circuit Courthouse is located at 801 Jackson Street in Salem. The adoption reception will take place in the library.

 

About Indiana Department of Child Services:
DCS is committed to protecting children who are victims of abuse or neglect. The agency's primary goal is to safely keep these children at home with their families by offering appropriate support services. It also manages the child support bureau. Indiana Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline:  800.800.5556.  
www.in.gov/dcs

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Contact Information:
Name: Rich Allen, Assistant Communications Director
Phone: 317.232.4424
Email: rich.allen@dcs.in.gov
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