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CT celebrates national adoption month

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Four children were adopted by great aunt in Connecticut on Friday. (WFSB) Four children were adopted by great aunt in Connecticut on Friday. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The governor said all children deserve a family as he attended an event in honor of national adoption month on Friday.

"We believe that all children, regardless of circumstance, deserve a permanent home, and we're working hard to achieve that goal," Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in statement on Friday.

There are about 800 Connecticut children in the state’s foster care system.

"We have a moral obligation to do what we can for the children that need our help most. That's why we're taking important steps - and that's why awareness about adoption month is so important,” Malloy said.

Teams from Department of Children and Families met with all the children periodically.

"We have to take every possible measure to connect children to someone in their lives who can provide a home and family," DCF Commissioner Joette Katz said in statement on Friday.

Katz said they have made the foster care system in Connecticut “smaller and more family based.”

According to DCF, there are 785 fewer children in the foster care system. The amount of children living with a relative from 21 percent in January 2011 to more than 39 percent.

However, there are still children in need of “a permanent home.”

“There are, however, still children in need of a permanent family. Our work is far from done, especially when it comes to older youth, sibling groups and children with special needs,” Katz said.

There were several adoption events held throughout the November.

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