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[DCS] Montgomery Co. DCS, Children's Bureau, Celebrate Adoption Month: Special Recognition Day set for Nov. 25
Start Date: 11/21/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 11/21/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (Nov. 21, 2013)—November is National Adoption Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the adoption of children and youth from foster care. The Montgomery County office of the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS), along 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, the two agencies are collaborating on a special event at the Crawfordsville City Building on Monday, Nov. 25.

 

“It’s wonderful that November is National Adoption Awareness Month when so many celebrate a time of thanksgiving,” said Joanie Crum, director of the Montgomery County DCS office. “I hope I speak for all of our community partners when I say ‘thank you’ to adoptive parents who have or will open their hearts to ensure their children thrive.”

 

The free and open-to-the-public special reception Monday from 3 pm to 5 pm will begin with a welcome by Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton. Refreshments, special gifts for adoptive families as well as art activities for kids to enjoy will follow. A Children’s Bureau adoption champion 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 Crawfordsville City Building is located at 300 East Pike Street in Crawfordsville.

 

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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