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Newsroom Gov. Brownback makes November Kansas Adoption Month
10/28/2011

Emphasizing the value of adoption for both children and their adoptive parents, Gov. Sam Brownback signed a proclamation Friday making November Kansas Adoption month. 


 “Our family has been extraordinarily blessed by adopting two children, and they are fabulous, I highly recommend it,” Gov. Brownback said at the proclamation ceremony.


Children available for adoption through the state of Kansas come from varied backgrounds, circumstances, races and ethnicities. While some have specific medical, physical or emotional issues requiring special care, many do not. Some are part of sibling groups that want very much to stay together as part of a new family.


Other Facts about Adoption in Kansas: 


  •          There are about 900 children available for adoption in Kansas, and about 420 of them don’t have an adoptive resource such as a relative.
  •          The adoption process through the state costs little or nothing.
  •          Kansas adoption is legally secure—children are not eligible for adoption unless the courts have terminated parental rights.
  •          Children adopted after age 16 from foster care are eligible for free tuition at any state university, community college or vocational school.
  •          People interested in a Kansas adoption should visit www.adoptkskids.org or call 877-457-5430.


At the proclamation ceremony, Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Rob Siedlecki announced a new feature on www.srs.ks.gov that will give more exposure to children available for adoption.


“We’ve revamped our website at SRS, so right on the front page you’ll see kids who can be adopted,” Secretary Siedlecki said. 


The Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services is planning multiple events during November Adoption month:


SRS Discover Adoption news conference
Secretary Rob Siedlecki will be joined by adoptive families and children available for adoption at the brand new Discovery Center in Topeka.
Monday, November 7, 1:30 p.m.
Kansas Children’s Discovery Center
4400 SW 10th Ave. Topeka, KS 66604

Adoption and Family Celebration at the Pumpkin Patch

SRS Secretary Siedlecki will join families for an adoption celebration
and read Gov. Brownback’s Adoption Proclamation on Saturday, November 5, 11am. to 2pm.
Meier’s Pumpkin Patch
5769 NW 17th
Topeka, KS 66618


Adoption Celebration
SRS Secretary Siedlecki will join families on Friday, November 18 from 6pm. to 8pm.
as they celebrate adoption finalizations with dinner and entertainment.
Ball Conference Center
21350 West 153rd Street
Olathe, KS 66061


Family Adoption Finalizations
SRS Secretary Siedlecki will read Gov. Brownback’s Adoption Proclamation
at adoption finalization ceremonies on Saturday, November 19
Wyandotte County Courthouse, 9 a.m.
701 North 7th Street Trafficway
Kansas City, KS 66101-3035


Johnson County Courthouse, 10 a.m.
100 N. Kansas Ave.
Olathe, Kansas  66061

 


Text from Gov. Sam Brownback’s Adoption Month Proclamation


National Adoption Month

WHEREAS, many children in Kansas are living in temporary foster care and need loving, nurturing and permanent adoptive families to help them realize their full potential; and

WHEREAS, brothers and sisters who are separated in the foster care system yearn to be adopted by the same family; and

WHEREAS, many older youth living in foster care feel they may be too old to be adopted, yet they want a sense of belonging that adoptive parents can provide; and

WHEREAS, some children who wait the longest for permanent homes are those with disabilities or medical conditions who needs families to embrace them and experience the unique rewards of adopting a child with special needs; and

WHEREAS, adoption brings unique opportunities to forever transform a child’s life and permanently enrich the life of the adoptive parent or family that welcomes them and

WHEREAS, approximately 420 children in Kansas do not have any adoptive resources and are currently available to be matched with families, which is a small portion of the 115,000 children in the United States who are legally freed for adoption and are waiting for families; and

WHEREAS, This effort along with similar celebrations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will offer children the chance to live with stable and loving families and encourage other dedicated individuals to make a powerful difference in the lives of a child through adoption:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sam Brownback, Governor of the State of Kansas, do hereby proclaim November 2011 as Adoption Month in the state of Kansas in hopes that the people of this great state will open their hearts and homes to Kansas kids in the foster care system.



Sam Brownback

Governor

  

Please email rachel.whitten@srs.ks.gov if you would like video from the Adoption Month Proclamation Ceremony.