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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 2018

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Lee Rettig, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-8287; lee.rettig@nebraska.gov
Traci Webber, Communications Coordinator, Nebraska Court Improvement Project, 402-471-2698; traci.webber@nebraska.gov
 
Nebraska Children, Families, Stakeholders Celebrate National Adoption Month
 
Lincoln – November is National Adoption Month and courts and communities across the nation are coming together to finalize thousands of adoptions of children from foster care and to celebrate all families who adopt.  Events are being held across Nebraska as part of National Adoption Month, including the first two celebrations, held Saturday in Lincoln and North Platte.
 
Three judges presided over final adoption hearings for 37 children in Lancaster County Juvenile Court in Lincoln, marking new beginnings for the former foster children and their new parents.  All of the newly adopted children were also treated to a carnival-like celebration featuring activities, entertainment and giveaways provided by private partners and adoption supporters.
 
In North Platte, adoption month was celebrated with an event for all children that have been adopted over the past year and their forever families.  They enjoyed snacks, prizes and activities like bowling, laser tag and arcade games. 
 
National Adoption Day is November 17th, when events celebrating adoption are also scheduled in Omaha, Hastings, Grand Island, Kearney, Norfolk and Gering.
 
In Omaha, court proceedings in Douglas and Sarpy counties finalizing 48 adoptions are scheduled.  In Hastings, they’ll also have court hearings to finalize four adoptions.  They’ll have celebrations, activities and food at all of the locations, in recognition of Adoption Day.
 
This year’s National Adoption Month focuses on the importance of empowering youth voices. When teenagers with experience in foster care—whether they have reunified with family, achieved permanency with an adoptive family or entered adulthood independently—share their stories, their unique insights can inspire their peers and prospective adoptive families.
 
To learn more about adopting a child, go to www.nebraskaheartgallery.org, www.nfapa.org or call 1-800-7PARENT (1-800-772-7368) or your local DHHS office.
 
The annual campaign is sponsored by the Children’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  It is the 18th year Nebraska communities have celebrated Adoption Day as part of National Adoption month. 
 
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Photos from Lancaster County’s Adoption Day event