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November is National Adoption Month, a time to raise awareness about children waiting to be adopted and to thank and celebrate adoptive families. Currently, there are about 880 Iowa youth who are legally eligible for adoption from foster care and more foster parents are needed. These children sometimes wait five years or more to be adopted, which can be a lifetime to a child. The average age of a child waiting to be adopted is 8 years old.
Youth & Shelter Services will commemorate World AIDS Day Dec. 1, by covering the Icarus statue in front of its Jacobson Center YSS Headquarters at 420 Kellogg Avenue. In observance of World AIDS Day, tens of thousands of outdoor art sculptures will be shrouded across the nation. YSS staff and clients will also wear red ribbons to remind the public that the battle against HIV/AIDS continues and in honor of the memory of those lost to the disease. YSS will also have displays at local libraries, posters throughout the community. Bulletin inserts will be available for local churches.