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National Adoption Month

Date: November 7, 2014 Categories: Blog

November is National Adoption Month. In the United States alone, there are half a million children in foster care, a third of which are legally free for adoption. Each November, on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, National Adoption Day is held, to bring attention to the children still waiting for permanent families. This year, National Adoption Day is November 22nd.

 

According to nationaladoptionday.org, the goals of National Adoption Day are to:

• Finalize adoptions from foster care
• Celebrate and honor families who adopt
• Raise awareness of the children in foster care waiting for permanent, loving homes
• Encourage others to adopt children from foster care
• Build collaboration among local adoption agencies, courts and advocacy organizations

 

Many families report concerns about adopting through foster care because they don’t know what to expect. If you’d like to learn more about foster care adoptions, please click on the links below.

 

Louisiana Specific Foster Care and Adoption Information provides answers to common questions.

 

Adopt US Kids features information on children whose birth parents’ rights have been terminated and are now legally free for adoption as well as resources regarding foster care adoption. * Also provides an option to search for children by state

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has a step-by-step guide to adopting from foster care and resources, as well as a listing of programs in all 50 states to help foster care children get adopted.

 

 

If you are interested in helping foster children, but are not currently in a position to foster or adopt, the following resources provide options on other ways to support children in care.

 

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA Volunteers) represent foster children in legal proceedings and advocate for their best interests.

 

About Parenting offers suggestions on how to help foster care children without fostering.

 

Since one of the greatest strains on foster children is moving from placement to placement, helping to ease the stress on a foster family is an indirect, but helpful way to support everyone involved. Ideas include preparing meals when you know a new foster child has arrived, offering new or gently used clothing, coats and shoes for children in the home, purchasing birthday or Christmas gifts for children, offering childcare or cleaning help to the foster parents or offering to provide rides to and from school, appointments, birth parent visits, etc.

 
Any support you provide will help to make the difference in a life of a child, so please spread the word and take part in National Adoption Month!