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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, we focus our outreach and awareness-raising efforts on a new adoption-related theme to help support professionals working each day to find permanency for children and youth in foster care in their community. This year's National Adoption Month theme is "Youth Voices: Why Family Matters." It is well known that teenagers are less likely to be adopted, often because of their age, and are much more likely to age out of foster care without strong or stable family support. Securing lifelong connections for teens in foster care, both legally and emotionally, is a critical component in determining their future achievement, health, and well-being.
This year's National Adoption Month microsite includes resources and tips to help the child welfare field, including legal professionals, engage young people in conversations about permanency and planning for their future. It is vital that professionals help youth explore adoption, what family means to them, and how supportive relationships can set them up for success. This year's website also contains resources designed specifically for youth, including how to get involved with their case, ways to share their story, and how to effectively advocate for permanency.
If you are looking for other adoption-related information, you can explore the adoption section on Child Welfare Information Gateway. If you are interested in adopting from foster care, please visit the resources and national photolisting available from AdoptUSKids or read their blog for families.