November is National Adoption Month

November 1, 2012

The NCJFCJ is proud to support National Adoption Month. Each year, an average of 400,000 children are in foster care. National Adoption Month, an initiative of the Children's Bureau in partnership with AdoptUSKids and Child Welfare Information Gateway, is a time to raise awareness about the adoption of children and youth from foster care. The focus of this year's initiative is National Adoption Month—Virtually: Adoption in the Digital Age. The Children's Bureau is supporting a website that provides resources for child welfare professionals, prospective adoptive parents, and youth on topics such as getting started with social media, how to build a social media campaign, and how social media is impacting child welfare and adoption.

Last year, the New Orleans depencency court, one of NCJFCJ's model courts, arranged to have an adoption family recognized on the jumbotron during halftime of a Saints game played on National Adoption Day (photo above).
 
This year, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, also an NCJFCJ model court, will host its 26th annual adoption day event of November 17 from 10 am until noon at the Moultrie Courthouse and will feature finalizations of adoptions of more than 20 children, the vast majority of whom are foster children. Click here to visit their webpage to here to view press coverage of their past adoption day events.

Click here to visit the National Adoption Month website to learn more and find ways your community can get involved.

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