Alabama celebrates record-breaking number of adoptions

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Governor Kay Ivey joined the Alabama Department of Human Resources to sign the National Adoption Month proclamation, Monday Nov. 26, 2018. [Photo Credit: Governor's Office | Sydney A. Foster]

The Alabama Department of Human Resources (ADHR) is celebrating a record-breaking number of adoptions from foster care, with 719 children finding homes in fiscal year 2018. It’s an 41% increase from the 502 children that were adopted in 2017.

“It sends a strong, wonderful message to all the foster care children in our state,” Gov. Kay Ivey said at a proclamation signing at the state capitol in Montgomery on Monday. “These children have found their favorite homes and lasting homes.”

Ivey was joined by ADHR Commissioner Nancy Buckner and several families that have completed adoptions in the Yellowhammer State.

November 2018 is National Adoption Month, and by signing the state proclamation, Ivey is encouraging all Alabamians to support adoptions and is bringing awareness to the importance of providing children with a permanent, safe and loving home.

2018’s record number of adoptions beats the previous record of 676 children adopted, which set in fiscal year 2009.