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Posted on: November 7, 2018

November is Adoption Awareness Month in Clark County

SPRINGFIELD, OH (Oct. 31, 2018) – The Board of Clark County Commissioners and the Clark County Department of Job and Family Services Family and Children’s Services Division are observing National Adoption Awareness Month this November.

Commission president Rick Lohnes read a proclamation at Wednesday’s meeting declaring it National Adoption Awareness Month in Clark County.

“Every child deserves to have a family and there are certainly people in Clark County who wish to have children but aren’t able,” said DJFS Director Virginia Martycz. “Our DJFS employees strive every day to find a match for those children and families. We hope that with greater awareness we can attract more people who are willing to help change a child’s life for the better.”

The theme this month is “National Adoption Month – In Their Own Words: Lifting up Youth Voices.” There are currently 15,800 Ohio children who live in foster homes or other out-of-home, placement settings, including 24 Clark County children currently available for adoption. The national initiative is designed to increase adoption awareness and bring attention to the need for permanent families in the U.S. foster care system. 

The annual Adoption Celebration for families and children who recently experienced adoption will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Clark County Probate Court, 50 E. Columbia St., fifth floor. It will include 19 children and 12 families who experienced adoption in the last 12 months.

For more information about adoption, call Faith McDonald at (937) 327-1774.

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Media contact: 

Clark County | Michael Cooper, Public Information Officer, 937-521-2031
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