• Sept / Oct 2006
  • Vol. 7, No. 7

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National Adoption Month Website

In anticipation of National Adoption Month in November, the 2006 National Adoption Month website, funded by the Children's Bureau, is now available. Partners in developing and launching the website include the Adoption Exchange Association, the Collaboration to AdoptUsKids, and Child Welfare Information Gateway. The website's early launch will help adoption agencies, parent groups, and States plan their November celebrations.

The theme of this year's National Adoption Month comes from the Adoption Exchange Association and the Collaboration to AdoptUsKids' national recruitment campaign promoting the adoption of teens from foster care. The tagline claims, "You don't have to be perfect to be a perfect parent. There are thousands of teens in foster care who would love to put up with you." Clips from the public service announcements developed by the Ad Council illustrate the new website. Recruitment efforts are highlighted throughout the site to encourage America's families to "answer the call" to ensure the safety, permanency, and well-being of our nation's children, especially older children.

Highlights of the 2006 National Adoption Month website include:

  • Links to resources to assist professionals with achieving permanency for children and youth in foster care
  • Strategies and tools to help professionals recruit, prepare, and retain foster and adoptive families for children waiting for adoptive families
  • Information on adopting older children, sibling groups, children from minority groups, and children with disabilities
  • Spanish resources for prospective adoptive parents, including the National Adoption Directory search in Spanish

Visit the website to begin planning your National Adoption Month festivities:

www.childwelfare.gov/adoption/nam

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