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Local organization helping children find adoptive homes

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – November is Adoption Awareness Month and a group in St. Louis wants people to really get involved.

Currently, there are more than 200 children throughout the St. Louis area awaiting an adoptive home.

Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition says their goal is to find a permanent home for every child regardless of need, gender or race, which is where their extreme recruitment program comes into play.

The program works to find a long-term home for those foster children who are the hardest to place, such as kids with special needs, kids older than 10 and African American children.

Studies show that one-in-four children who age out of foster care will be involved in the justice system within two years, and 71 percent of the young women are pregnant by age 21.

“Sometimes that means they are staying with friends. Sometimes they have a supportive person in their life but unfortunately for a lot of kids that means that they are completely on their own so any wrong choice any bad decision means that they have no one to fall back on and they can end up the street,” said Gayle Flavin, with the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition.

Children in St. Louis age out of foster care between the ages of 18 and 21.

To find out more, click here or call (314) 367-8373 or 1-800-FOSTER-3.

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