Email Signatures and Messages

Email is often the most common method of communication for professionals and organizations. The tools below can help you quickly and easily promote National Adoption Month and create awareness among your partners and networks by updating your signature or sending out a targeted message.

Email signatures

Update your email signature using one of the samples below. These can be copied into your current email signature and will directly connect those who receive your emails to the tools and resources available on the National Adoption Month website.

November is National Adoption Month. 
https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/adoption/nam/

Watch and listen to stories of older youth finding "forever families" after foster care.
https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/adoption/nam/vp/videos/

Find easy tips for talking with older youth about adoption. 
https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/talking/

We Never Outgrow the Need for Family—Just Ask Us 
https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/adoption/nam/

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Email signature graphic

Draw attention to National Adoption Month by adding a graphic to your email signature. To download the graphic, right-click on the image below and select "Save Picture As."

National Adoption Month

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Sample email messages

Sample #1

Subject: Ensuring Successful Adoption for Youth

There are thousands of 15–18 year olds currently in foster care waiting for adoption. Careful, targeted recruitment that considers the unique circumstances of both the prospective families and the teens in need of a permanent home will help ensure lasting permanency for a population that may be less likely to be adopted because of their age. Teenagers who don't find permanent homes age out of the foster care system without the secure and lasting connections that they will need as they transition to adulthood.

November is National Adoption Month, an initiative sponsored by the Children's Bureau in partnership with Child Welfare Information Gateway and AdoptUSKids. The emphasis this year is on strengthening teen adoptions by building an effective response system for prospective adoptive families that is part of a wider continuum of support services. The 2017 National Adoption Month website provides resources and tools for identifying, recruiting, and developing families for teens, engaging and involving youth in the recruitment process, and supporting youth and families throughout the process. Visit the National Adoption Month website for outreach tips and tools to spread the word, and bookmark it for access all year long.

Sample #2

Subject: Preparing Teens for Adoption and Setting Them Up for Success

Having permanent, caring adult connections is critical to lifelong development, achievement, and well-being. And yet teenagers who may have grown up in multiple foster homes may not understand the value of establishing permanent connections with a family or adult mentor. Child welfare professionals can help youth understand that having permanent connections with adults will provide them with additional support that they can rely on throughout their life. 

The Children's Bureau, in partnership with AdoptUSKids and Child Welfare Information Gateway, supports National Adoption Month. This year, we are focusing on identifying and preparing adoptive families to support the thousands of teenagers who face aging out of foster care without any permanent connections. The emphasis is on building a continuum of support services that begins the moment a family or adult considers adoption, to helping them prepare, and continuing to provide support long after adoption finalization. The 2017 National Adoption Month website features tools and resources for professionals. Visit the website to find tips on:

  • Involving and engaging teens in the permanency process
  • Recruiting families for teens in need of permanency
  • Developing and supporting families for teens

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