National Adoption Month 2016November is National Adoption Month, celebrated for the the last 20 years by national, state, and local agencies as well as foster, kinship care, and adoptive family groups. The goal is to raise awareness of the need for permanency for the children and youth in our country in foster care and waiting for families. The Children’s Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, funds the National Adoption Month initiative each November through a partnership with AdoptUSKids and Child Welfare Information Gateway.

This year, the National Adoption Month theme is “We Never Outgrow the Need for Family—Just Ask Us” to promote awareness of the need to recruit families and to connect older youth to loving, lasting, and permanent families. To participate in spreading the word and increasing social media presence for the effort, use the hashtag #justaskus, #NAM2016, and/or #NationalAdoptionMonth. The National Adoption Month website offers a great variety of sample outreach tools and scripts for those interested in sharing resources and information.

Stay tuned here at Creating a Family as well. We’ll be sharing resources all month long on older child adoption, foster care and foster adoption.