Iowa KidsNet is joining welfare advocates and families across the county to honor November’s National Adoption Month.
More than 101,000 children in the United States are waiting to be adopted from foster care.
According to the Iowa Department of Human Services, there were about 622 children in Iowa who were legally eligible for adoption from foster care as of August 2013.
“Every child in our state deserves to have a permanent connection to a caring adult,” said Theresa Lewis, Iowa KidsNet project director. On Aug. 31 of this year, there were approximately 6,300 Iowa children in foster care.
Iowa will hold National Adoption Day events this November in Davenport, Waterloo, Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Webster City, Des Moines, Ottumwa, and Cedar Rapids when many adoptions of children from foster care are finalized and celebrated on the same day.
Of the 101,000 children in the U.S. waiting to be adopted from foster care, some will wait five years or more to be adopted, a lifetime to a child.
In all Iowa counties, including Dallas County, Iowa KidsNet provides a structured network of support for foster families and post-adoption support for families who have adopted from foster care and have a subsidized adoption.