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Minnesota organization educates citizens about adoption

A Minnesota-based group is trying to spread good information about child adoption in order to dispel common myths about the process. The organization, known as Bellis, wants adoption in the spotlight. One of its sponsored projects includes the "Orphan Train" musical, which was recently performed at St. Paul's History Theatre.

There are currently over 100 children waiting for adoption in Hennepin County. In other areas of Minnesota, there are even more children who need homes. Bellis is trying to help this situation by dispelling stereotypes and misperceptions about the adoption process by educating young people and offering community-centered programs. The non-profit group also provides support to mothers who have adopted children. The group doesn't have any religious or political affiliation.

The president of Bellis recently appeared on a local news network to talk about her personal experience with the adoption process. She said that she wants to eliminate the "adoption stigma" that can unnecessarily dissuade would-be parents from adopting. The next Bellis event will happen on Feb. 12 in St. Paul, where adoptive parents will be encouraged to share their stories, receive and give support and participate in large and small group conversation.

Minnesota parents looking to adopt a child may want to discuss what the process is like with an experienced family law attorney. A lawyer can help parents learn more about the legal aspects surrounding adoption while providing other insights. If you are a prospective adoptive parent, you may be able to locate a family law attorney who will discuss the basic aspects of adoption with you.

Source:, "Minnesota group dispelling myths about adoption," Pat Evans, Jan. 12, 2017

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