Partnering for Permancency

November is National Adoption Month, a time to raise awareness about the urgent need for adoptive families for children and youth in foster care. This year, the Children's Bureau's theme, Partnering for Permanency, builds on the social media focus from last year but emphasizes the partnerships necessary to create permanency. It provides resources to help public information officers, adoption professionals, adoptive families, and youth partner together to create permanent connections for the over 100,000* children and youth in foster care waiting for permanent families. For children and youth, permanent connections are people who are there when you need them—people you can count on to provide you with assistance and support.

Please explore this National Adoption Month website and the AdoptUSKids website to find resources for professionals, prospective adoptive parents, and youth. You can find the following on this website:

  • Practical information on adding social media to your communications strategy and campaigns
  • Information to help your agency get started using social media
  • Sample messages to help spread the word
  • Examples of how State child welfare agencies are using social media
  • Firsthand stories of children and youth waiting for adoption
  • Examples of how State child welfare agencies are using mobile technology to create partnerships
  • Ways to increase the effectiveness of your recruitment campaigns and efforts to raise public awareness about adoption
  • Information about how children and youth can find at least one committed adult who will support them the rest of their lives

Others have successfully used social media to make connections—you can, too!

*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 FY 2012.

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