November is National Adoption Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the adoption of children and youth from foster care. On Thursday, a special adoption event recognizing Vigo County adoptive families will take place at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. The celebration, sponsored by the Indiana Department of Child Services, the Children’s Bureau, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Vigo County and the Children’s Museum, will also provide prospective adoptive parents an opportunity to find out more about foster care adoptions.
“When biological parents cannot be part of a child’s life, an adoptive mother or father becomes a child’s most important influence. Children with a caring and involved adoptive parent are better able to realize their full potential,” said Pam Connelly, director of the Vigo County DCS office. “Adoptive parents can help their children thrive by encouraging them to aim high, work hard and make good choices that will lead to healthy and satisfying lives.”
The celebratory event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., and will include free admission to the Children’s Museum for adoptive families that request tickets in advance. (Requests for advance tickets should be emailed to email@example.com.) Tickets at the door will be discounted to $5. Ages 2 and under are free.
In addition to exploring the museum, attendees will enjoy light refreshments and each adoptive family will receive a special gift, compliments of the Children’s Bureau. Adoption professionals, including adoption specialists from DCS, CASAs, and an adoption champion from the Children’s Bureau, will also be on hand to answer prospective adoptive families’ questions.
The museum is at 727 Wabash Ave. For more information about adopting a foster child, call 1-888-25ADOPT.