LINCOLN, Neb. (KCAU) — Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts held a press conference Monday morning proclaiming November as “Adoption Month” in Nebraska.
Ricketts and other officials spoke to raise awareness about the need to help children in foster care or guardianships find permanent homes.
“We’ve got 646 kids right now that are in our system, that are waiting for those forever families,” Ricketts said, “and nationally that number is about 100,000.”
In 2020 there were 360 adoptions in the state of Nebraska, and this year there have been 304. Adoptions have decreased compared to previous years when there were around 500 adoptions a year, according to Ricketts.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) ranked Nebraska 9th in the U.S. in regard to the quality of life for children for the year 2021 compared to 2019 when Nebraska ranked 12th according to Ricketts.
Watch a replay of the press conference below.
Ricketts encouraged families considering adoption to reach out to the Nebraska adoption hotline at 1(800) 7PARENT (772-7368).