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489 Minnesota children looking for homes right now

There are so many loving Minnesota families with room for a child, and many of these families are actually looking for a child to adopt right now. For those who are looking to adopt, there is no better time than now. According to the Minnesota Department of Human Service, there are currently 489 children in our state's group homes, foster homes, residential treatment facilities and emergency shelters. These children are looking for adoptive parents who they can call "mom" and "dad."

Our state's emergency shelters and foster homes are offering a great service to these children, but these are not homes where children are supposed to grow up. These children need loving families, parents, brothers and sisters, and safe homes that tuck them in at night and make them feel special and loved.

Of the 489 children looking for homes right now, 60 percent of them have siblings, so they have to be adopted together. Fifty-three percent of them have physical, behavioral or emotional disabilities. Forty-two percent of them are between the ages of 12 and 18. One hundred percent of them have incredible stories, interests, dreams, aspirations and the aching need to be loved and cared for.

The decisions to adopt a child is a serious one, and it is a very real commitment for any Minnesota family to agree to. There are also some important legal considerations surrounding adoption that future adoptive parents need to educate themselves about, and there could be specific legal issues that relate to specific children that a family wishes to adopt. By speaking with a Hennepin area adoption lawyer, future parents can learn about the legal issues surrounding adoption, so they can move forward with the adoption process with absolute confidence.

Source: Woodbury Bulletin, "VIEWPOINT: 489 Minnesota kids need you now," Nov. 27, 2016

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