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FOR RELEASE: [date] CONTACT: [name/phone number]

CHILDREN NEED FAMILIES

In [state/province], approximately [number] children live in some type of foster care setting. Many have spent most of their lives in this "temporary" situation, and have moved within the child welfare system more times than they care to remember. {A number or percentage] will never return to their birth families. [A number or percentage of those] are legally free for adoption.

These are very real children who desperately need families of their own. Because the public is so often unaware of these kids and their needs, we would like to draw special attention to waiting children during National Adoption Awareness Month in the hope that we can unite many of these young people with permanent, adoptive parents.



These waiting children come from a variety of backgrounds. Some have physical or mental disabilities; some are part of a sibling group; some are of African American, Native American, or Latino heritage; and many are older children or adolescents. Advocates from organizations such as [your group name] are working to prove that there is no such thing as an unadoptable child.

Those who are thinking about adoption should know that, according to [name], adoption has changed significantly over the past 30 years. You don't have to be married, childless, rich, or own a house to adopt. You DO have to provide a stable, loving home, and be able to help your adopted child work through issues raised by his or her past.

[Agency/organization name] provides specific information about waiting children and the adoption process in [state/province]. To learn more, contact [name, address, and/or phone number].

Adapted from materials created by the North American Council on Adoptable Children; used with permission.

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