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November 14, 2013

Family welcomes new addition

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The adoptive parents then gain full custodial rights and after additional paperwork, which takes between two and three months, the child belongs to the adoptive parents.

Matthew officially became part of the Otto family on Oct. 25.

“He’s such a blessing. The kids all love him and he fits right into our family,” said Greta. “We’re excited to see what happens next.”

November is National Adoption Month. Each year in the United thousands of children are adopted both domestically and internationally but there are still thousands of other children who are need of loving homes. Below are some of the startling numbers. 3 - The average number of years a child waits in foster before being adopted 40 - The percentage of U.S. adoptions, like the Ottos that are "mediated" adoptions where letters and photos are sent via a lawyer or adoption agency with no direct contact between the birth mother and adoptive family. 55 - The percentage of U.S. infant adoptions that are fully open adoptions. 1,100 - The number of children in foster care who are waiting now to be adopted in Indiana. Many of these children will age out of the system and never find forever families to call their own. 9,000 - The number of children adopted by U.S. families in 2011. 14,000 to 18,000 - The approximate number of infant adoptions each year in the United States. 20,000 - The number of children in the foster care system who will age of the system without ever finding a forever family. 400,540 - The number of children living without permanent families and will placed in foster care. Source - Indiana Heart Gallery,www.adoptioninstitute.org and www.ccainstitute.org

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