November 2013Vol. 14, No. 8November Is National Adoption Month
November is National Adoption Month, a time to raise awareness about the urgent need for adoptive families for children and youth in foster care. In fiscal year 2012, approximately 52,000 children were adopted from foster care. Funded by the Children’s Bureau, the National Adoption Month initiative is a partnership between AdoptUSKids and Child Welfare Information Gateway. The theme of this year's initiative is "Partnering for Permanency," which builds on the social media focus from the 2012 initiative and emphasizes the partnerships necessary to help waiting children and youth achieve permanency.
The National Adoption Month website provides resources to help adoption professionals, public information officers, adoptive families, and youth build partnerships to create permanent connections for the over 100,000* children and youth in foster care waiting for permanent families. These resources are organized by audience:
- For Professionals. Get information to help professionals 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 youth can get involved in their permanency plans, stay connected with adults and other teens through social media, be safe online, and more.
- Spread the Word. View social media messages, widgets, and email signatures to help spread the word about National Adoption Month.
This year's website includes a new section featuring children awaiting adoption that will be updated weekly and improved social media feeds that highlight resources and conversations related to adoptive parents and professionals.
Watch the new videos that have been added to the National Adoption Month site. These videos bring to life the stories of the thousands of children, youth, and families whose lives have been changed by adoption. A collection of these videos can be accessed at the National Adoption Month Video Gallery.
For these resources and more, visit the National Adoption Month website throughout November and follow us on Facebook and Twitter:
*Statistics on waiting children, including children in foster care awaiting adoption, are taken from the most recent Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) report, which provides government statistics for fiscal year 2012.