Email Signatures and Messages
Share this year's National Adoption Month initiative with the people in your network through email, blog posts, or newsletters. Use these sample messages or tailor your own to share all the valuable resources available to support adoptive families, youth, and professionals.
You can raise awareness every time you send an email with these National Adoption Month messages. Choose one to add to your email signature during the month of November and throughout the year.
- November is National Adoption Month!
Help raise awareness & visit the website today!
- National Adoption Month | “Youth Voices: Why Family Matters”
- Celebrating Youth Voices | National Adoption Month 2019!
- Connection and belonging are human needs. Celebrate National Adoption Month 2019.
- Permanency matters, even for older youth.
Message #1: National Adoption Month Announcement
Subject: November is National Adoption Month!
What does family mean to you?
For the thousands of teenagers across the country who are at risk of aging out of the foster care system, that question may come with many emotions, like grief or trauma, and barriers that often leave both the child and their caseworkers focused on one path forward—independent living.
This year, we celebrate National Adoption Month by highlighting the urgent need to recognize that older youth still need permanent, caring relationships and meaningful connections to supportive adults.
By sharing the perspectives of youth who have experience with foster care and adoption, National Adoption Month aims to empower communities to involve teenagers in planning for their own future as they consider all their options—whether it is the decision to pursue adoption or alternative permanency options such as guardianship.
National Adoption Month is an annual campaign sponsored by the Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with Child Welfare Information Gateway and AdoptUSKids.
Visit the website to find the following important resources and tools to learn more about how to achieve better outcomes for children and youth in need of finding their “forever family:”
- Resources for Youth featuring information on empowering youth leadership and well-being
- Resources for Professionals on how to engage youth in permanency planning and strategies to achieve older youth permanency
- Resources for Legal Professionals on how courts and judges can make a difference
- Gallery featuring stories of adoption, what family means, and permanency from older youth and their families
Message #2: Highlight Resources from National Adoption Month Website
Subject: New Resources to Achieve Permanency for Older Youth From National Adoption Month
November is National Adoption Month, and this year’s theme focuses on youth engagement and the need to achieve permanency for older youth.
There are thousands of teenagers across the country currently in the foster care system who need permanent family connections to carry them into adulthood.
The many barriers to achieving permanency for older youth often results in the focus being shifted to preparing them for independent living instead of finding adoptive families. Additionally, many older youth may be reluctant to pursue adoption for various reasons, including feelings of grief, loyalty for their family, emotional trauma, and the desire for independence.
Learn how legal professionals can engage youth and ensure that children stay connected to family.
Get strategies that target achieving permanency for older youth, such as how to help youth heal and tips on engaging youth in permanency planning. See some of the work developed by Children’s Bureau grantees on trainings for foster and adoptive parents, mental health competency, and more.
Help spread the word about the unique challenges and opportunities facing older youth waiting for adoption during the month of November and throughout the year, and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. #NAM2019