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Adoption event helps interested families in Linn County

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November is National Adoption Month.

Several organizations came together Sunday in hopes to encourage people to help children in need.

People interested were able to stop at the Marion Public Library to find more resources when it comes to adopting.

About a dozen organizations were on hand, ranging from adoption opportunities to even help for children in the community.

"Help families either keep children in their homes or to come along side children that need families and be able to provide a loving home for some of those children whether that's through foster care or through adoption," said Nicole Herr, event organizer.

Kim Hofmaster adopted her six and a half year old girl from China about a year ago. She says there is a need for adoption in Iowa and across the world.

"Most of the kids in orphanages are considered very unlucky. They're special need. They age out at 14 and no longer eligible for adoption and their life at that point is very bleak," said Hofmaster.

Sunday's event is in conjunction with the national movement, "Orphan Sunday."

"Orphan Sunday" started in Africa when a church pastor expressed the need for his community to adopt.

Now it's been recognized nationwide.

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