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November Is National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month. Foster parenting can be a first step toward adoption, and there is a new source of information in Arizona for those thinking about becoming a foster parent. The Department of Economic Security and Magellan of Arizona have teamed up to create the Foster Care Tool Kit, which explains what it means to be a foster parent and what is required. Shawn Thiele with Magellan says it also includes information on behavioral health and other community resources that might be needed by foster parents.
 
She says the tool kit can also be useful to current foster parents if they care for children of different ages – for example, switching from small babies to teenagers. The tool kit is available through both the Magellan and Department of Economic Security websites, or at D-E-S offices statewide.

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