Take Heart Gallery to heart on last day of National Adoption Month

Have you been to Southgate Mall recently? Did you notice the large lighted posters of children on display? Did you stop and read about them – about how they are all children currently available for adoption?

The display is called the Heart Gallery, and it’s meant to draw attention to children in need of forever homes by drawing attention to a handful of individual kids. It has been on display throughout the month of November because November is National Adoption Month.

Read more about the Heart Gallery and Montana’s foster care children in Coral Beck’s recent guest opinion piece in the Missoulian. Coral Beck works in Missoula, and is the Western region administrator for the Child and Family Services Division of the Department of Public Health and Human Services.

She notes that you can get more information about Montana’s adoption process by calling 1-866-9FOSTER (1-866-936-7837).

– MM

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More than 30,000 children adopted on National Adoption Day

Today, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, will personally finalize adoptions for two families in advance of National Adoption Day tomorrow.

According to HHS, “Over the past 11 years, more than 30,000 children have been adopted from foster care on National Adoption Day through the efforts of adoption advocates, policymakers, judges and lawyers.”

National Adoption Day, marked each year on Nov. 20, is meant to raise awareness of the thousands of children in the United States who are eligible for adoption. In the U.S. there are an estimated 114,000 children currently in foster care, waiting to be adopted into a family.

– MM

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