November is Adoption Awareness Month in Fort St. John

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"We just wanted to bring to light the need for adoptive families and the importance of adoption in our community and within B.C.," says presenter Jamie Giesbrecht.

Giesbrecht says adoption statistics have improved over the past 10 years, averaging over 290 adoptions in the province each year, compared to 165 in 2000/2001.

She also says it's important to recognize the need to maintain cultural connections, especially with Aboriginal children and youth. The numbers of those children placed in Aboriginal households increased from 27 per cent in 2001 to approximately 64 per cent last year.

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