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November 2012Vol. 13, No. 10November Is National Adoption Month

Finding permanent, loving families for the more than 104,000 children waiting for adoption is a top priority for the Children's Bureau. November is National Adoption Month, and this year's theme, "National Adoption Month–Virtually: Adoption in the Digital Age," focuses on harnessing the power of social media to recruit and retain adoptive parents. The Internet has changed the adoption landscape and the entire child welfare field, and this year's National Adoption Month initiative is dedicated to promoting new strategies for doing this important work while utilizing social media tools.

Funded by the Children’s Bureau, the National Adoption Month initiative is a joint effort between AdoptUSKids and Child Welfare Information Gateway to raise awareness about the urgent need to find adoptive families for children and youth in foster care. The National Adoption Month website provides resources for professionals, adoptive parents, youth, States, and more. Learn about the history of National Adoption Month, the focus of this year's initiative, and how the Children's Bureau supports adoption. Read the Presidential and State proclamations of November as National Adoption Month. Other resources on the website include the following:

  • For Professionals. Get information to help you explore ways to use the power of social media in adoption while helping to identify and address potential challenges.
  • For Adoptive Parents. Find information on adopting from foster care, adoptive family stories, and powerful adoptive family videos.
  • For Youth. Learn about how you can get involved in your permanency plan, stay connected with adults and other teens through social media, be safe online, and more.

This year's website also includes tools for spreading the word about National Adoption Month. Using traditional and social media, the site provides sample media messages for tailoring and promoting adoption from foster care. Also new this year is the National Adoption Month Video Gallery, which brings to life the stories of the thousands of children, youth, and families whose lives have been changed by adoption.

The 2012 National Adoption Month foster adoption public service ads produced by the Ad Council are available on the AdoptUSKids YouTube channel:

For these resources and more, visit the National Adoption Month website throughout November and follow us on Facebook and Twitter: