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Sen. Johnson accepting nominations for Angels in Adoption

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., announced Friday that he is accepting nominations for the Angels in Adoption program. Each year, Johnson recognizes South Dakotans who have made a difference in the lives of children in need of a family.

"As the grandfather of two adopted children, I understand the tremendous impact that adoption has on both children and the families that welcome them into their homes," Johnson said. "Throughout our state, hundreds of families have opened their homes to children in need and I encourage people to nominate deserving individuals or families."

A longtime supporter of adoption programs and a member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, Johnson has supported legislation to make the adoption tax credit permanent. The tax credit helps lessen the financial burden that families face when adopting a child. Adoption fees and legal proceedings for some domestic adoptions can cost more than $40,000.

In South Dakota, nearly 1,500 children are in the foster care system. Each year, approximately 75 children in the state age out of the foster care system before they are adopted.

Angels in Adoption was established in 1999 by the Congressional Coalition of Adoption Institute to raise awareness about the importance of adoption.

The deadline for nominations is July 11.