PRESS RELEASE: MDCPS Celebrates National Adoption Month this November


JACKSON, Miss. — November is National Adoption Month! Currently, there are 5,557 children in foster care in the state of Mississippi. Of those, 468 are available for adoption and 74 presently do not have adoptive homes identified.

With National Adoption Month approaching, the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services (MDCPS) has been busy exploring ways to help raise awareness across the state, while also celebrating the miracle that is ADOPTION!

MDCPS partnered with Governor Phil Bryant and adoptive mother, Judge Rhea Sheldon, to film a new Public Service Announcement focusing on adoption. Both radio and television versions will be aired state wide to let Mississippians know: there are kids right here at home that need you! Please consider opening your heart and your home through adoption by calling 1.800.821.9157.

Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth recently collaborated with MDCPS to construct a large portable gallery containing professional photographs of 42 children currently anticipating finding their forever families through adoption. This Heart Gallery display will travel to events across the state not only to raise awareness about the local children awaiting adoption, but to also put faces to the cause. Every single one of these children deserve a safe and loving home.

MDCPS has also launched an online Heart Gallery, which displays a complete listing of all the Mississippi children who need adoptive homes, including photographs and profiles. Visit https://mdcps.ms.gov/mississippi-heart-gallery/ to view these precious children and to learn more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent.

There are several Adoption Events taking place across the state in November to celebrate National Adoption Month:

Mass Adoption:
November 28, 2016 at 10 a.m.
Marion County Chancery Court
250 Broad Street
Columbia, MS 39429
Reception to Follow

Adoption Celebrations:
November 3, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Justice Dawn Beam, 10th District Chancery Court
Kamper Park Zoo
107 South 17th Avenue
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

November 5, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Judge William Singletary,
Hinds County Chancery Court
Hinds County, MDCPS Building
4777 Medgar Evers Blvd.
Jackson, MS 39283

November 12, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
M.R. Davis Public Library
8554 Northwest Drive
Southaven, MS 38671

November 12, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Commissioner David Chandler, MDCPS
Sunnybrook Children’s Home
222 Sunnybrook Road
Ridgeland, MS 39157

November 17, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Train Depot
230 N. Maple Street
Laurel, MS 39440

November 17, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church
150 Deveraux Drive
Natchez, MS 39120

November 18, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Mt Wade M. B. Church
749 North Jackson Street
Brookhaven, MS 39601

November 19, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Church of the King
920 Cedar Lake Road
Biloxi, MS 39532

November 19, 2016, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fannie Lou Hamer Complex
929 Byron Street
Ruleville, MS 38771

November 29, 2016, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Grenada County, MDCPS Building
1240 Fairground Road
Grenada, MS 38901

If you need additional information about any of these events, please contact Chris Alexander at chris.alexander@mdcps.ms.gov or call 1.800.821.9157 if you’d like to learn more about adoption.

   
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