About National Adoption Month

National Adoption Month is an initiative of the Children's Bureau with a goal to increase national awareness and bring attention to the need for permanent families for children and youth in the U.S. foster care system. 

Each year, the initiative focuses its outreach and awareness-raising efforts around a new adoption-related theme. For the 2017 National Adoption Month initiative, the theme “Teens Need Families, No Matter What,” highlights the importance of identifying well-prepared and committed families for the thousands of teenagers in foster care. Many of these young people are less likely to be adopted, often because of their age, and will too often age out of the system without a stable support system. Securing lifelong connections for these teens, legally and emotionally, is an urgent need and critical component of their future achievement and overall well-being.  

Because the importance of adopting teens has been the focus of National Adoption Month for the past 2 years, each year’s website has highlighted a new aspect of this vital work. For 2017, we have pulled together valuable resources to help child welfare agencies build an effective response system, which is a vital component of ensuring a strong pool of adoptive families who are equipped and prepared to parent teenagers. You can also explore this year's website to find tips and resources to help engage and involve families and youth in your permanency services and support. As always, there is also a section dedicated to resources for families and youth, including preparing yourself to adopt and how to find support when you need it.

If you are looking for information about adoption not found here, explore the adoption section on Child Welfare Information Gateway. If you are a parent who is interested in adopting from foster care, check out the resources and photolisting from AdoptUSKids.

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