Senate District 26
Dave Burke
Celebrating New Families and Child Wellness During National Adoption Month
A guest column by Senator Dave Burke
November 26, 2018
As National Adoption Month comes to a close, I want to take a moment to share a few resources and encourage Ohio families to consider learning more about the great need for foster care and adoption.

As someone who has first-hand experience with adoption, I can attest to the positive impact it had for me and what a life-changing experience it is for adoptive parents and the children who come into their lives. It is important to remember that you do not need to be perfect, but that anyone who can offer love, stability and support for a child is a prime candidate to become an adoptive parent.

In the 132nd General Assembly I had the distinct honor of working with my colleague, Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City), to champion a successful effort to help Ohio's adoptees gain access to birth certificates and their original adoption records. For me personally, holding those documents for the first time was an indescribable feeling, and I am proud that we were able to provide that for many Ohioans.

National Adoption Month is an initiative of the Children's Bureau that aims to raise awareness for the continuing need for children to be placed with permanent families. Today in Ohio, thousands of children are still waiting for adoptive families and permanent homes.

If you would like more information about adoption in Ohio, you can visit You can also contact a public children services agency or a private adoption agency in your area. A list of agencies can be located on the Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO) website here or at the Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies website at

As always, if you have any questions or ideas of how we can continue to move Ohio forward, please contact my office at or (614) 466-8049.

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