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Wednesday's Child-Adoption Awareness

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - As many as 500 children are in foster homes or facilities in Mississippi waiting to be adopted.   November is National Adoption Month and Wednesday a special ceremony was held at the State Capitol to remind all of us just how important it is to have a family.  

There were pictures of children who are still waiting for a permanent home.   Many of them have been featured on Wednesday's Child.   Rickey Berry,  the Executive Director of the Department of Human Services says 350 children were adopted last year.

"Right now there are 128 children that have no connection whatsoever to a family", Berry told us.

It is harder to find permanent homes for older children. Berry says DHS works with other agencies to make sure they are not forgotten.

"One child said it best that, its not that you have a home to go to for the holidays but its somebody who is going to miss you if you're not home for the holidays. So you know all of the children are wanting are the things a lot of us take for granted", said Berry.

Berry says it takes support from everyone because no child wants to spend years in foster care.

Karen Carlisle is an adoption advocate. The Carlisle Corporation is sponsoring a campaign that runs until the end of the month.

"First of all it brings awareness to adoption throughout the month of November which is National Adoption Month and bringing attention to the agencies which we support", Carlisle said.

Carlisle says many people ask what they can do to help, even if they are not able to adopt. This campaign provides support for programs that work with children and adoptive families.   

"Come in the store and for a dollar we're gonna give you a pin up to put your name on to let folks know in the community that you support adoption in the state of Mississippi", added Carlisle.

The Carlisle Corporation owns Wendy's restaurants throughout the state. Berry says he and Dave Thomas the founder of Wendy's have something in common. They were both adopted.      

To learn more about children waiting to be adopted  call the Mississippi Adoption Resource Exchange at 1-800-821-9157.

Wednesday's Child is sponsored by Wendy's and WLBT.

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