Tuesday, October 29, 2013

National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month.  There are nearly 400,000 children in foster care in the United States. Over 101,000 need adoptive homes right now. In Alabama alone there are over 6000 children in foster care over 600 of whom are available for adoption.

The Alabama Department of Human Resources provides information how to begin the adoption search, a step-by-step checklist for the process, as well as a listing of some of the children seeking Forever Families.

The Department of Human Resources works with other agencies, such as Heart Gallery Alabama to help place these children.

In addition to the Heart Gallery Alabama exhibition, a display photos of children available for adoption which runs from October 31-November 27, 2013, in the First Floor Gallery of the Central Library, there will be a Kickoff Party on November 6th at 6:30pm in at the Central Library. This Reception and Information Session will provide instruction on Adoption in the state of Alabama and introduce some of children still hoping to be adopted as well as a few of the over 450 children successfully placed with Forever Families.

This event is open to the public.

For additional resources on adoption see:
Attaching in adoption : practical tools for today's parents / Deborah D. Gray
Adoption nation : how the adoption revolution is transforming our families-- and America / Adam Pertman.
Unveiling the adoption process : seven families' adventures and insights / Rhonda Y. Miller.

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