Topeka Kansas is launching an effort to increase the number of children adopted through the state system.
Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Rob Siedlecki says his agency is starting a $300,000 marketing campaign to find adoptive homes for 420 children who don't have other prospects, such as adoption by relatives. The funds for the campaign announced Monday come from a federal program.
Siedlecki says the effort will focus on who are 8 years old and older, who may belong to a minority group, have a disability or belong to a sibling group that wants to stay together.
Siedlecki said 761 adoptions were finalized through the state in the fiscal year that ended June 30. He said 178 adoptions have been finalized through the state so far in the current fiscal year.