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A Day of Awareness and Prayer


On the first weekend in November, faith communities across Connecticut will join together to ring their bells and raise their voices in prayer for Connecticut's foster children waiting for permanent homes.

Honorary bell ringers can be adopted children and/or adults belonging to the individual congregations. Faith communities can participate by doing any combination of the following:

a) agreeing to ring their bells ON the first Sunday in November at 6 P.M. Many faith communities invite an adoptive family to act as honorary bell-ringers.
b) include the waiting children in prayer during services all weekend.
c) arranging for a candlelight vigil on a town green or other suitable venue.
d) host a service during the weekend highlighting the need for homes. With advance notice, speakers can be made available at no cost.

Foster and adoptive families can be invited to participate in their hometowns.

Press packets and information on adoption can be made available by sending a request at least 10 days before the event. Included will be an information packet to hand out to the general public at your event. If an adoptive family can be identified in the congregation who is willing to chair the event for that faith community, they will be given instructions and assistance from Bells of Hope volunteers.

The press may be invited to your event and will be invited to participate at some regional events. Local politicians may also be invited to participate.

Every year the bells toll once for every child waiting for a home, representing the children/youth for whom adoptive homes are actively being sought at this moment. In CT, an average of 65 requests are made each month to the Department of Children and Families' Adoption Resource Exchange for pre-adoptive families for children in the foster care system. Last fiscal year (SFY2010), 525 adoptions from foster care were finalized in CT and the year before 690. Every year, despite our best efforts, there remain children and youth for whom homes are not found. We toll the bells for these children.

To hear how we got started, read "Justin's Story". To view the partial list of children in need of permanent homes please visit the Connecticut "Adopt Us Kids" webpage. 

Contact Us

Bells of Hope is one of Connecticut's statewide National Adoption Month initiatives. We need individual faith community members or groups to take the lead and coordinate this event in their local communities.  Contact information for Bells of Hope appears below.

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