Webster City area residents will take part in a statewide candlelight vigil Wednesday to honor and raise awareness for Iowa children waiting to be adopted from foster care, according to organizers.
Iowa KidsNet, the statewide collaboration of agencies that recruits, trains, licenses and supports all of Iowa's foster and foster adoptive parents, is planning the vigils at about a dozen locations around the state.
The Webster City candlelight vigil will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Youth and Family Center, located at 321 Second St., Webster City. Foster and adoptive parents, child welfare advocates and community members will take time to reflect on the ongoing needs of children in Iowa's foster care system and the importance of permanent connections for children in care.
"Many people don't know about the ongoing need for foster and adoptive parents in Iowa," said Kara Magnison, post-adoption support supervisor with Iowa KidsNet. "National Adoption Month is a time to raise awareness about children waiting to be adopted from foster care. The candlelight will represent the bright future that exists for every child who has a permanent connection to a caring, supportive adult."
On Dec. 31, 2010, about 6,300 Iowa children were in foster care. As of June 2011, about 570 Iowa children were legally eligible for adoption from foster care, meaning their parental rights have been terminated. Many of these children will be adopted by relatives or current foster families, while others are still waiting for a permanent adoptive home.