- Associated Press - Sunday, November 23, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson is raising awareness about the importance of foster care adoption.

Johnson says every child deserves to be raised in an “environment that allows them to flourish.” Johnson this month participated in the 10th annual Adoptive Family Portrait Project, which highlights the experiences and needs of families that have adopted children from foster care.

Johnson has worked to expand the adoption tax credit and was a founding member of the bipartisan Congressional Coalition on Adoption. He is also the grandfather of two adopted children.

More than 1,500 children live in foster homes in South Dakota. The state currently has more than 300 children in foster care waiting to be adopted.

Johnson will retire by the end of the year.


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