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November 2019

Changing Lives Through Adoption

November is recognized as National Adoption Month, and this year’s focus is on adopting a child through the foster care system. There are currently more than 9,000 Hoosier children in foster care, and many of them are waiting to be adopted.

If you are able, consider welcoming one of Indiana’s most vulnerable into your life. A safe place to call home and a loving family can have a big impact on a child.

Many may think becoming an adoptive parent is difficult and costly, but most adults qualify after meeting these few requirements, including a background check, home study and 16 hours of training. There is no requirement for owning your home, being married or having children of your own. In fact, some children do better as an only child or in a single-parent household.

Throughout the month of November, the Department of Child Services is hosting events through the state. Click here to find a nearby event. Visit adoptachild.in.gov or call 888-25-ADOPT to learn about children eligible for adoption and how you can change a child’s life.

Nominate A Hoosier Artist

If you know an individual, group, organization, business or community that has made a significant contribution or positive impact on the growth, awareness, and strength of the arts in Indiana, please nominate them for a Governor’s Arts Award.

Since 1973, the Governor’s Arts Awards have celebrated the outstanding contributions of Indiana’s artists, arts organizations, volunteers, educators, local governments and corporate citizens. This biennial award is the state’s highest honor in the arts.

Award categories include Artist, Advocate, Community, Corporation/Organization, Educator and Emerging Artist.

In 2018, the first “emerging artist” award went to musician and Fort Wayne native, Addison Agen, who was a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice.”

Those nominated for the award must be or have been residents of the state of Indiana. Organizations and businesses nominated should have headquarters or operations in the state.

Nominations are due by Dec. 1, 2019. Click here to learn more and submit a nomination.

Support for the arts not only helps spark creativity and innovation in individuals, but can also unify communities and foster tourism. Indiana is home to a vibrant and growing art scene, and we want to recognize local artists and art advocates.

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