It’s a time to celebrate adoptive families and spotlight the thousands of youth and teens across our country who are still awaiting permanent, loving homes.
This month, C.A.S.E. celebrates adoption by holding our annual KAN conference for more than 100 adoptive families as well as attending adoption ceremonies at local jurisdictions around Maryland and Northern Virginia to celebrate with families and provide useful C.A.S.E. resources.
National Adoption Month is 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. 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.
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. The National Adoption Month website features tools and resources for parents and 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