The Indiana Department of Child Services is recruiting adoptive families for nearly 100 children in the state.

More than 100,000 children in the U.S. foster care system are waiting to be adopted.

Too many children are growing up without a family to call their own.

Gov. Mike Pence has issued a proclamation declaring November as Adoption Month in the state of Indiana.

Pence said the state hopes that by increasing awareness for adoption opportunities in Indiana, it can find permanent placements and successful adoptions for children.

To further call attention to the need for families, the Indiana agency will hold an adoption fair Nov. 13 at the Statehouse.

Representatives from DCS and more than a dozen adoption agencies and associations will provide information on both public and private adoptions, post-adoption services, how to afford adoption and other resources.

What are the requirements to become an adoptive parent?

DCS has some "cut in stone" requirements. Adoptive parents are asked to provide an adequate and loving home for an adopted child.  An adoptive parent ...

• can be single, married, or divorced

• might have biological or previously adopted children

• is financially ready to add children to their family. (There is no specific income requirement and some children may be eligible for financial assistance and medical insurance.)

• has enough room for an additional person in their home. (A "home-visit" is required)

• must be able to pass a FBI fingerprint check and fulfill all training requirements.

Visit the DCS website at to see photos and profiles of children looking for homes or call 1-888-25-ADOPT for more information.