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Local agencies recognize National Adoption Month

EUREKA - November is National Adoption Month and local adoption agencies are using it as a way to share information with the public.

A branch within the Department of Health and Human Services called Children and Family Services is one way to adopt locally.

The program has been running for two years and focuses on finding homes or long-term foster care for children. This year they have finalized 25 adoptions to date, and have 17 pending. Their ultimate goal is to reunify kids with their parents if that is a safe option.

Adoption is clearly a year round effort, but this month is an opportunity to say thank you and raise awareness around adoption services in our area.

"National Adoption Month is a time when we like to honor the adopted families that have already adopted children in our community. We also like to use it as a time to recognize the need for additional families. We're always looking for homes for children. We have children from birth all the way up through the teenage years and we also have young adults that are called non-minor dependents that need placements," Keri Schrock, program manager for Children and Family Services, explained.