November 23, 2020

National Adoption Month

(Franklin, GA) — November is National Adoption Month! In Georgia, there are more than 2,511 15–18 year olds in foster care.

Many of these youth have spent many years in foster care and are seeking more permanent connections through adoption by a family or adult mentor.

Supportive and committed relationships are critical in helping teens prepare and succeed as they enter adulthood.

This year, National Adoption Month focuses on helping agencies build more targeted recruitment strategies and develop a continuum of services to support teenagers seeking permanency and the prospective families or adult mentors considering adoption of a young person, preparing for adoption, or in need of postadoption services.

Supporting agencies in the work of identifying, informing, encouraging, and helping prospective adoptive families at every turn increases the odds more young people will find meaningful permanency.

Older youth who are adopted from foster care are more likely to finish high school, go to college, and be more emotionally secure than their peers who remain in or age out of foster care without a permanent family. Yet many people question older youth’s need to have permanent, loving families.

You may be wondering “Why should we adopt a teenager? They’re almost adults!” You never outgrow needing a family. Everyone needs a sense of belonging.

Through adoption, older youth are connected to a family that can provide a sense of stability, lasting connections, and guidance with important life tasks—including enrolling in higher education, finding stable housing, securing employment, and establishing healthy relationships.

The Department of Family and Children Services has children listed as free for adoption at http://itsmyturnnow.dhs.ga.gov.

To speak with someone about becoming a foster or adoptive parent. Contact the foster care and adoption recruitment intake line at 1-877-210-KIDS (5437).

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