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Balloons highlight National Adoption Month


WATERLOO (KWWL)-- With November as National Adoption month, this is a great time to remind everyone that there are still many 'waiting' children in the Iowa Foster Care system, hoping they will find a forever family soon.

Lutheran Services in Iowa Adoption recruiter, Amanda Tome, says, "At any given time in Iowa, there are between four and five-thousand children out of their homes in shelter or foster pre-adoptive homes."

Last Saturday, the parking lot of Lutheran Services in Iowa serving as a great spot to release some National Adoption month balloons. The balloons carry a very special meaning as they drift skyward.

Amanda points out, "Each balloon, we released 40 balloons, represents 100 kids in care. We did  that throughout the state at the same time, so we hoped that people would pick up on the fact that we are here, and we are remembering the kids in care."

A number of local families showed up to take part in the balloon release, including the Ron Rand family of rural Clarksville. Along with their biological son, the Rand's have also adopted 4 children--all brothers and sisters. But, too many kids are still waiting.

"There are kids who are in shelters or in residential treatment facilities whom, unfortunately, will wait years before they are able to find a forever home.".

As always, for more information on adopting any of Iowa's ‘waiting' children, contact Iowa KidsNet on the toll free number, 1-800-243-0756.

Later this month, we'll take you inside an Iowa courtroom to witness the finalization of an Iowa adoption on National Adoption Day. That is always an emotional moment for both the adopting family and the children. Watch for that in a special Iowa's Child segment in just a few days.

Online Reporter:  Ron Steele



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