November is National Adoption Awareness Month!

logo for BiddingDear Friends, With November just around the corner, we think about our Thanksgiving plans and the people we are thankful to have in our lives. This time of appreciation is why November is also National Adoption Awareness Month when our nation celebrates adoptive families. On National Adoption Day, Saturday, November 22, in courtrooms around the country, approximately 4,500 adoptions of children from foster care will be finalized. National Adoption Awareness Month endeavors to highlight the 100,000 children and teens in foster care who are waiting for permanent, loving homes. Every year, 30,000 teens turn 18 without permanent families. C.A.S.E. is proud to be a Wendy's Wonderful Kids site, funded by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption to ensure that EVERY youth in care has the opportunity to find their forever family. We would like to thank Adrianne Jubilee and Jennifer Kramb, our Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiters who are dedicated to finding wonderful families for waiting children and teens in our surrounding counties. We are excited to invite our local families to join us in celebrating National Adoption Month at our annual Kids Adoption Network Conference to be held on Saturday, November 22nd in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Don' t miss this opportunity to join over 150 adoptive families and share in the celebration, engage in thoughtful discussions about adoption, meet new friends, and enjoy a fun filled carnival! Prospective parents and parents whose children are not yet old enough to participate are welcome to attend our concurrent Parent Program! Click here for more information and to register.

From all of us at C.A.S.E. we wish you a month filled with love and celebration of family!

Sincerely,
Debbie Riley, C.A.S.E. CEO

For more information on National Adoption Month, including ways to celebrate and support your foster care and adoption communities, please visit the following websites:

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National Adoption Competency Training Initiative Grant Awarded to C.A.S.E.

The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a five year, $9 million grant through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to establish a National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI). The goal of the Initiative is to build the capacity of child welfare professionals and mental health practitioners that serve youth moving toward permanency through adoption or guardianship, as well as youth living in permanent adoptive or guardianship homes. Click Here to read more.

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NEW! Pay-Per-View Access to IN DEMAND Webinars

C.A.S.E. webinars are a valuable resource for both parents and professionals. In response to popular demand, we have made SIX of our best selling webinars available to our viewers ANYTIME with our new Pay-Per-View option! For $15, viewers can access any of the following IN DEMAND webinar recordings 24/7. Viewers will also be granted access to the accompanying PowerPoint presentations and can obtain a certificate of completion upon request.

Click here for more details, trailers, and Pay-Per-View access!

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The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) strengthens the well-being of foster and adoptive families, promotes adoption awareness, enhances adoption sensitivity, and develops the skills for professionals and families to empower children to thrive.

Since our founding in 1998, C.A.S.E. has served more than 5,000 foster and adoptive families. We’ve grown to become the leading provider of pre-and-post adoption support in the Washington DC region and a trusted national – and international – resource on adoptive life for families, communities and professionals. C.A.S.E. is not an adoption agency; rather, we use an adoption-centered therapeutic approach to enhance the well-being of children and families. We serve:

  • Foster children, teens, and foster parents
  • Children and teens adopted through agencies, private adoption, and international adoption
  • Children who were adopted at birth and children who were adopted when they were older
  • Adopted adults
  • Adoptive parents, grandparents, and other family members
  • Birth siblings of adopted siblings of foster and adopted children
  • Birth parents

Studies show that the early intervention and support C.A.S.E. provides can make a huge difference in the lives, stability, and longevity of adoptive families. Our state of the art programs include:

  • Counseling
  • Professional training
  • Education
  • Family forums
  • Public awareness and Advocacy programs
  • Publications and multi-media resources
  • Youth development programs