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The Children's Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, funds the National Adoption Month initiative each November through a partnership with AdoptUSKids and Child Welfare Information Gateway. This year's theme: "Engage Youth: Listen and Learn," directs attention to the population of older youth in the foster care system in our country, who need loving and permanent families. To learn more about adoption from foster care, see this FAQ from AdoptUSKids. In Arkansas, visit Project Zero or Children of Arkansas Loved for a Lifetime (CALL), which reaches out to churches, including Catholic churches, statewide to help members become foster or adoptive parents. For more than 35 years, the Diocese of Little Rock has operated Catholic Adoption Services, a non-profit, Arkansas-licensed, child placement agency and ministry of Catholic Charities of Arkansas. If you would like information about making an adoption plan for your baby or becoming adoptive parents, contact Antje Harris, LSW, director of Catholic Adoption Services, at (501) 664-0340, ext. 347. If God is not calling you to adopt there are still plenty of ways you and your family can support adoption. Check out this list of 43 Ways Everyone can Celebrate National Adoption Month from Adoption Network Law Center.