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State marketing campaign to recruit adoptive families

TOPEKA — The state plans to use $300,000 in federal funds to make more people aware of children ages 8 and older and kids who have disabilities who are available for adoption, Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Sec. Rob Siedlecki said today.

It’s difficult to find families who want to adopt kids who are age 8 and older, are in a minority group, have a disability or want to stay with siblings, he said.

About 900 children are available for adoption in Kansas, though many live with a relative or a foster family that plans to adopt. About 420 of those children are searching for families on sites such as www.adoptkskids.org, according to SRS. Adoptions through the state are free, legally secure and available for state subsidies, Siedlecki said.

“These 400 children really are alone, and they need our love and attention,” he said, before showing a public service announcement that will be shown statewide.

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