November the 15th is National Adoption day, a collective national effort to raise awareness of the 129,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families.
Remember, Act 1 only addresses co-habitating couples. It does not apply to single people, and regardless of race, sex, or orientation, you can still adopt or be a foster parent. It is unfortunate that Act 1 passed, but the Arkansas Department of Human Services is still looking for parents who want to foster or adopt children. Adoptive homes are needed for children of all races, and especially sibling groups of three or more, and children with special needs to include children with emotional, mental or medical needs. DHS is also seeking foster families for children of all ages who cannot currently live with their birth families due to the risk of neglect, physical or sexual abuse.
Many of the children who need to be adopted right now can be found here:
If you are interested, you can contact DHS directly at: