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November 21, 2022

Governor Parson Proclaims November Adoption Awareness Month

Jefferson City, MO— Governor Mike Parson signed a proclamation designating November Adoption Awareness Month in Missouri to encourage all Missourians to learn more about the need for adoptive families and how to best support the youth awaiting adoption.

“As we prepare to celebrate the upcoming holidays with our own families, it is important to recognize and find ways to support the youth in Missouri who are longing for a family to call their own,” said Governor Parson. “Children deserve a loving home surrounded by a family that cares for them unconditionally. We encourage every Missourian who can offer the love and commitment that these children need to consider learning more about adoption.”

The Missouri Adoption Heart Gallery features profiles of some of the amazing children and youth hoping to find their forever family. One Missouri family has also shared their own personal adoption story to help raise awareness.

“There are nearly 1,600 children and youth in Missouri hoping to find a family of their own to love and support them,” said Robert J. Knodell, Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Social Services. “Every child deserves a safe, stable home with a nurturing family to help them build a strong foundation. There is always a need for more adoptive families, and we hope even more Missourians will consider opening their hearts and their homes to adoption.” 

You could potentially become an adoptive parent if you:

  • Are at least 21 years of age
  • Complete a child abuse/neglect check and criminal record check including fingerprints
  • Are in good health, both physically and mentally
  • Have a stable income
  • Are willing to participate in and complete a free training and assessment process
  • Are willing to voice perspectives and concerns as part of a professional team

The Department of Social Services (DSS) encourages any Missourian interested in adoption to visit the DSS website, contact their local Children's Division office, or email for more detailed information on Missouri’s adoption process.

The mission of the Department of Social Services is to empower Missourians to live safe, healthy, and productive lives.


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