• November 2011
  • Vol. 12, No. 8

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November Is National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month, a time to recognize the millions of families brought together by adoption and call attention to the approximately 107,000 children and youth in foster care waiting to be adopted. Recognized by Presidential Proclamation, National Adoption Month is a priority of the Children's Bureau.

The focus of this year's National Adoption Month is building the capacity of adoption professionals to recruit and retain parents for the children and youth waiting for permanent families. Using the slogan "Honor National Adoption Month all year long," the campaign offers suggestions on how adoption professionals and others can take daily, weekly, and monthly steps to promote adoption. The campaign focuses on five themes:

  • Supporting and retaining families
  • Diligent recruitment
  • Working with diverse populations
  • Proactively finding families
  • Facilitating interjurisdictional placements

The National Adoption Month website, produced by Child Welfare Information Gateway, provides resources for professionals and families who are planning activities to raise awareness of the need for adoptive parents. Visitors to the website can download materials and link to resources. The website includes:

The National Adoption Month initiative is a partnership among the Children's Bureau, AdoptUSKids, and Child Welfare Information Gateway.


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