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Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Given Award for "Increased Adoptions":

In November 2001, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Family and Community Services won an "Adoption Excellence Award" in the category of "Increased Adoptions" from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The award was given to the department for its public service announcements highlighting children waiting for adoption. According to the U.S. DHHS, in two years, 87 out of the 133 hardest to place children in Idaho and Eastern Oregon have found homes, and 10 other children are awaiting final selection of adoptive families (a 128 percent increase in Idaho's statewide adoption figures for fiscal year 1999). Meanwhile, across the nation, another estimated 134,000 children in public foster care are waiting for adoptive homes. The majority of the children have special needs, such as a history of maltreatment or physical, mental or learning disabilities; or, they may be of older age (between 7 and 16) or part of a sibling group.