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AdoptUSKids is expanding the hours of our toll-free information and referral line for families and professionals. Beginning now through the end of September 2013, you can call us at 888-200-4005 from 8:00am EDT to 8:00pm EDT (5:00am PDT-5:00pm PDT). Our adoption and foster care specialists are standing by to help you!
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Adoption Excellence Awards recognize outstanding accomplishments in achieving permanency for America's children waiting in foster care. An annual program that grew out of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, these awards honor States, local agencies, private organizations, courts, businesses, individuals, and families making key contributions to increasing the number of children from foster care who are adopted or placed in other permanent homes.
Denise Pascoal, child welfare advanced specialist for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services in Woodstock, is our June Caseworker of the Month. Pascoal was nominated for the award by her supervisor because of her work ensuring the best interests of the children are being put first by building and mending relationships with birth and foster families.
After becoming inspired to adopt during a church mission trip in Mexico helping children whose parents were in prison, Paige and Travis Dickey of Rincon, Georgia, turned to AdoptUSKids. It was through AdoptUSKids' free photolisting of waiting children that the Dickey's found their 15-year-old daughter Brittany.
We are celebrating a major milestone. Over the last decade, 20,000 children from U.S. foster care previously photolisted on AdoptUSKids have been placed with adoptive families.