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. The initiative is supported through a partnership with Child Welfare Information Gateway and AdoptUSKids.
This year, National Adoption Month focuses on the importance of identifying permanent families for thousands of 15–18 year olds in foster care who are currently less likely to be adopted, often because of their age, and who all too often age out of the system without a stable place to call home. Securing lifelong connections for older youth, legally and emotionally, is a critical component of their future achievement and overall well-being. However, talking with youth about adoption or permanency can sometimes be challenging.
Youth want to be involved in conversations about their future and who they feel connected to, which is reflected in this year’s National Adoption Month theme: We Never Outgrow the Need for Family—Just Ask Us. Explore this year's website to find tips and resources to help you begin or reengage conversation with older youth about adoption, why permanency is important, and how to build lifelong supportive relationships that can help them reach their goals.