This year’s Adoption Awareness Month will focus on opportunities for LGBTQ families, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz announced on Monday.

“Adopting a child is one of the most significant demonstrations of love and affection that a family can make,” Malloy said in a statement. “In particular, at a time when LGBTQ rights are being threatened on the federal level, we want individuals considering adoption in Connecticut to know that our state is proud to reaffirm our support for members of our LGBTQ community, and encourage them to consider growing their families through adoption.”

During a morning news conference at Real Art Ways on Arbor Street in Hartford, Katz and Malloy estimated that since 2007, nearly 90 same-sex couples have adopted children from foster care in Connecticut.

“Adoptions by LGBTQ families are not just about civil rights, it is about doing right by our children,” said Katz. “There are still too many children in Connecticut without a permanent family, and we need to ensure that every Connecticut family looking to provide a loving home for a child knows that we will support their interest in adoption.” Over the last 10 years, the DCF has targeted the LGBTQ community, including the distribution of information during community events.

Last year there were 436 kids adopted from foster care, according to Katz and Malloy. Another 323 children were transferred to relatives or friends from the state’s guardianship.

Anyone interested in adoption should call 888-KID-HERO or visit CTFosterAdopt.com.