October 19, 2010

Welcome to the first edition of Adoption Triad, a monthly e-brief for adoption professionals. This month, we want you to know about National Adoption Month resources:

  1. November is National Adoption Month (NAM), a month set aside each year to raise awareness about the adoption of children and youth from foster care. This year’s National Adoption Month initiative targets adoption professionals by focusing on ways to recruit and retain parents for the 115,000 children and youth in foster care waiting for adoptive families.
  2. Visit the 2010 National Adoption Month website, created in partnership with AdoptUsKids, at www.childwelfare.gov/adoption/nam/. The 2010 National Adoption Month website is built around five themes to help adoption professionals raise awareness and make lasting change:
    • Supporting and Retaining Families
    • Doing Diligent Recruitment
    • Working With Diverse Populations
    • Doing Proactive Family Finding
    • Facilitating Interjurisdictional Placements
  3. View the 2010 NAM poster, which highlights things professionals can do “today,” “this week,” and “this month” to make a difference in each of the five areas above. The double-sided poster (English/Spanish) is available for download off the NAM website at www.childwelfare.gov/adoption/nam/nam_poster_english.pdf and www.childwelfare.gov/adoption/nam/nam_poster_spanish.pdf.

Adoption Triad is published on the third Tuesday of each month. We welcome your feedback on this publication and trust you find it useful.

Best regards,

Phyllis Charles
Adoption Program Manager
Child Welfare Information Gateway

*Formerly the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse (NAIC). In 2006, NAIC combined with the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information to become Child Welfare Information Gateway.

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