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Nebraska cities celebrate National Adoption Day

Did you know that November is National Adoption Month?

Several cities in Nebraska recently celebrated National Adoption Day as part of the monthlong effort to bring attention to the fact that there is a real need for adoptive parents in the United States.

Adoptive families in Kearney, Hastings, Norfolk and Grand Island were invited to join similar celebrations honoring their ability to provide loving homes for children whose birth parents are no longer able to care for them. The event marked the finalization of a number of formal adoptions.

According to officials at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), over 400 children are considered "wards of the state" in Nebraska. All of them need to be adopted. Nationally, there are more than 114,000 children in similar situations.

Children who enter the foster care system aren't automatically put up for adoption. Generally, authorities prefer to reunite children with their birth parents whenever possible. However, that isn't always feasible. The ultimate goal is to do what is best for each child. That sometimes means looking for adoptive parents who are willing to open their homes and their hearts to a child who may have a painful history.

People who are interested in adopting a child in Nebraska are encouraged to learn more about the children who are currently available for adoption through the DHHS website. However, before you can submit inquiries about the children listed on the site, you must complete an adoption home study and be approved for adoption. Additional requirements may also need to be met in order to qualify.

If you're thinking about opening your heart to an adoptive child, it's generally best to talk over your situation with a family law attorney to find out more about what you should expect -- and what you need to do -- to make your dream a reality.

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