November is National Adoption Month

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November is National Adoption Month. This year’s campaign targets the 115,000 children currently in foster care who are awaiting a safe and nurturing home. 

“I call upon all Americans to observe this month by answering the call to find homes for every child in America in need of a permanent and caring family, as well as to support the families who care for them,” said President Barack Obama in his Presidential Proclamation. He also announced that the 11th Annual National Adoption Day will be celebrated on Saturday, November 20th, which gives the courts the opportunity to open their doors to finalize the adoptions of children in foster care.

At The Children’s Aid Society, the Foster Care program provides specialized services including Family Foster Care, Medical Foster Care, Therapeutic Foster Care and services for teens "aging out" of foster care. Today, Children's Aid finds homes for more than 500 children each year. Children’s Aid ensures that these temporary homes are safe and nurturing by training foster parents and supervising the families while the children are in their care. But because what is most important is that children find a permanent home either with an adoptive family or their birthparents, our work focuses on providing tremendous support to the children, their foster parents and their birthparents.

National Adoption Month is a coordinated effort between the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau, Child Welfare Information Gatewayand AdoptUsKids.

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