Every child deserves a committed and loving family to come home to. November is National Adoption Month, a time for Hoosiers to celebrate adoptive families, increase awareness and bring attention to the many Indiana children waiting for their forever homes.

Within the state, the demand for adoption is growing. According to the Indiana Department of Child Services, there are currently more than 1,200 children up for adoption. No child should have to wait even one additional day to join their future family and begin their new life.

To help streamline the adoption process, lawmakers passed a law this year to allow Hoosier families to file petitions to adopt in counties outside of where they live. The new law also adds more certainty to the adoption process by establishing clear guidelines for courts to follow when handling a contested case. These changes put the needs of the child first as the court considers a parent’s substance abuse, voluntary unemployment or unstable home environment.

To learn more about adoption in Indiana and to see the children waiting for a forever home in your area, click here or call 1-888-25ADOPT.