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During Black History Month, February, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the Council on Black Minnesotans, and several nonprofit and community organizations are working together to encourage families to adopt children waiting in the foster care system, particularly African-American children who are disproportionately represented in the child welfare system.
Throughout February adoption-specific events include:
As of Jan. 1, 2014, 140‒approximately 30 percent‒of the 467 children in the foster care system waiting to be adopted immediately are African American. Only 95‒18 percent‒of the 524 children adopted from the foster care system in 2012 were African American.
“All children need safe, stable, loving homes to thrive,” said Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. “During Black History Month, we are celebrating the African-American families who have adopted and encouraging other families to consider adoption. We, along with our community partners, are here to provide support before, during and after adoption.”
Added Edward McDonald, executive director of the Council on Black Minnesotans, “As we celebrate the rich history of African-Americans during the month of February, let us also use the month to begin doubling our efforts for the remainder of the year encouraging more African-American families to adopt and provide foster care for children who are wards of the state, especially the disproportionate number of African-American children. The greatest historical remembrance an African-American child, or any child, can have is one that is highlighted by the love and care of a family.”
The Council on Black Minnesotans, said McDonald, encourages people throughout the state to learn more about African-American culture and accomplishments at these Black History Month events listed on the council’s website:
For more information about adopting: