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Sioux City to hold first 'Adoption Saturday'

Friday, November 6, 2009

Sioux City -- Sioux City will hold its first ever Adoption Saturday on Nov. 14, at 10 a.m. at the Woodbury County Courthouse.

Adoption Saturday is a national event celebrated during November's national Adoption Month when the dreams of thousands of children come true as their adoptions from foster care are finalized. Five children from northwest Iowa will be adopted at Sioux City Adoption Saturday.

"We're excited to join other cities in Iowa and across the country in celebrating Adoption Saturday," said Alma Schmitt, an Iowa Department of Human Services adoption supervisor in Sioux City. "Being adopted is a life-changing event for a child in foster care, and Adoption Saturday is a great opportunity for our community to celebrate this milestone with them and their adoptive families."

A program will be held at 10 a.m. that will include musical performances and several adoptive parents and children as speakers.

Nationally, there are over 129,000 children waiting to be adopted from foster care. These children may wait five years or more to be adopted, a lifetime to a child.

Adoption Saturday is a day when courts, judges, social workers, attorneys, child welfare advocates and other volunteer their time to finalize adoptions for children and families, Five Adoption Saturday events will be held in Iowa this year in the Ames, Council Bluffs, Cedar Rapids, Sioux City and Des Moines service areas.

The Sioux City Service Area has 14 counties in northwest Iowa, including Woodbury, Ida, Plymouth, Cherokee, Buena Vista, Palo Alto, Kossuth, Emmet, Dickinson, Clay, O'Brien, Osceola, Lyon and Sioux.

The Sioux City Service Area, especially Woodbury County, has an urgent need for more foster and adoptive families. To learn more about foster care and adoption or to meet more Iowa children waiting to be adopted, visit www.iowakidsnet.com.

Iowa KidsNet is a statewide collaboration of agencies that utilizes a unique, cohesive approach to provide recruitment, training, licensing and continued support to individuals who wish to become foster and adoptive parents.

Iowa KidsNet is a partnership of six Iowa social service agencies, including Four Oaks, Boys and Girls Home and Family Services, Children's Square USA/Child Connect, Family Resources, Lutheran Services in Iowa and Quakerdale. For more information, call 1-800-243-0756 or visit www.iowakidsnet.com.

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