Governor Parson has ordered the Missouri Capitol dome and the Governor’s mansion to shine purple in honor of National Adoption Month. This purple glows will shine from Friday, November 20, 2020, through Sunday, November 22, 2020.
The dome and Governor’s Mansion will light up purple at sunset Friday, November 20, and remain lit until sunrise each day throughout the weekend. The color purple represents the 1,579 Missouri children and youth in foster care who are looking for a permanent family. Governor Parson said,
Every child deserves a family of their own to provide the love, support, and strong foundation they need. This weekend, we light the dome and People’s House purple to recognize National Adoption Month.
Meanwhile, Joanie Rodgers, the Interim Director of the Department of Social Services Children’s Division, said,
For children and youth in foster care who are older, who have siblings, or have special needs, their journey to find a forever family can be long. Waiting is so hard when you’re young.
How To Become An Adoptive Parent
These children do not get handed off to just anyone. An adoptive parent must meet certain criteria. These criteria are:
- Must be at least 21 years old.
- Complete a child abuse/neglect check and criminal record check including fingerprints.
- Be in good health, both physically and mentally.
- Have a stable income.
- Be willing to participate in and complete a free training and assessment process.
- Be part of a professional team willing to voice perspectives and concerns.
- Be willing to partner with the child’s family.
The Department of Social Services encourages anyone interested in adopting to check out the website here for additional information.