November is National Adoption Month!

Nov 1–30

Today there are more than 122,000 children and youth waiting to be adopted who are at risk of aging out of foster care without permanent family connections.

While approximately one in five children in the US foster care system waiting to be adopted are teens, only 5 percent of all children adopted in 2018 were 15-18 years old. These youth need stable and caring families to help guide them into adulthood, yet they are much less likely to be adopted than younger children.

With this year’s National Adoption Month theme, “Engage Youth: Listen and Learn,” he Children’s Bureau urges each of us to listen to youth’s perspectives, understand their needs, and learn from them to support their path to permanency.

Youth engagement is not a one-time action. It is important that child welfare systems build cultures in which all youth can use their strengths and talents to inform permanency planning, training, and policies and practices. The National Adoption Month website offers tips and resources to help professionals address common challenges to engaging youth.

National Adoption Month is an annual initiative of the Children’s Bureau.