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November Is National Adoption Month

The Children’s Bureau's National Adoption Month campaign seeks to increase national awareness of adoption issues, bring attention to the need for adoptive families for teens in the foster care system, and emphasize the value of youth engagement. Learn more about National Adoption Month. 

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View resources that demonstrate how child welfare professionals can incorporate youth voice in adoption efforts, build relationships with teens, and empower them to make decisions that impact their lives.

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Permanency Planning With Youth

Female caseworker speaking with older youth male

Provides tips and resources about how professionals can effectively engage teens in permanency planning.

Relationship-Building Tools

A group of older youth sitting and speaking with a child welfare professional

Shares resources from grantees about building relationships with teens and preparing them for adoption.

Engagement Resources

A diverse group of older youth smiling at the camera

Features resources you can share with youth as you talk with them about adoption and planning for the future.

Meet Teens in Foster Care

Mistee is energetic, spunky, and creative! Her interests include anime and swimming.

MISTEE'S STORY

"Meet Spirit! She really likes to listen to music, sing, and dance."

SPIRIT'S STORY