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Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and stakeholders will celebrate and advocate during Adoption Month in November. The Federal Children's Bureau (CB) set this year's adoption month theme as Small Steps Open Doors. DHHS and partners will hold events all month to share information with prospective families and highlight the continual need for services to assist children waiting for adoption, families interested in adoption, and children and families needing post-adoptive services.
The theme of “Small Steps Open Doors" seeks to increase national awareness of adoption issues, bring attention to the need for adoptive families for teens in the foster care system, and emphasize the value of youth engagement.
Pursuing permanency for teens can be challenging, but by taking small steps, we can make a difference. Taking small steps like talking with and listening to youth can help earn their trust and help the youth become more engaged in their permanency planning. It also creates an environment where youth can be honest and ask questions. “Every time I talk to a foster or adoptive family, I hear how this has made a powerful impact in their lives," said CFS Division Director Stephanie Beasley. “This is an experience that doesn't end at adoption, it is a transformation families will experience for the rest of their lives. I urge any Nebraskan considering adoption to reach out to DHHS for information and support."
To receive further information, Nebraskans are urged to call the hotline at 1-800-7PARENT. Adoption follows a set process and can take time, but after calling the hotline you will be asked basic questions, get scheduled to attend training classes, and finally, a home study will be completed. There are also many great resources available for families that have already adopted such as the Nebraska Children's Home Society-Families Forever hotline which is (844) 463-0009.
Adoption is not the only way to transform a child's life. There is also a need for foster and guardianship families in Nebraska. DHHS has teams ready to assist families interested in fostering. Those interested can also contact 1-800-7PARENT.
Currently, 494 children in Nebraska are seeking adoption with 383 already being placed in an adoptive home setting this year. For those who have adopted in Nebraska or finalized guardianship at any time, support resources are available through Nebraska Children's Home Society-Families Forever, at FamiliesForever@nchs.org or by calling (844) 463-0009 or visit dhhs.ne.gov/pages/adoption.
Adoption Month Events
Multiple adoptions will be conducted at the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center on November 19. The press conference will begin at approximately 8:45 am with a few comments by the Presiding Judge, Candice J. Novak. The adoptions will start at 9 am and are scheduled to conclude at 11:30 am. Northeast Nebraska On November 19th, Northeast Nebraska will be celebrating its 13th Annual National Adoption Day at the Norfolk YMCA at 301 W Benjamin Ave. Norfolk, NE 68701 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. A meal will be served at 5:00 PM.
Lancaster County will be celebrating Adoption Day on November 12, 2022 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm at the Lancaster County Courthouse. Children that are adopted will receive backpacks with gifts, adoptive families will receive gift bags and there will be food and games for all in attendance.
Western Nebraska will celebrate National Adoption Day with a community event in December. Organizers are planning on including adoptions from 2020, 2021, and 2022 in the celebration.
Organizers will be delivering backpacks for all 2022 adoptees and their families. Backpacks will include information for Families Forever, books on adoptions for teens (if adopting a teen), swag from agencies, board games, and other items.
Adoptions in Nebraska, 1998-2022