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November is National Adoption Month!

Photo courtesy of the Children's Bureau.

Photo courtesy of the Children’s Bureau.

November is National Adoption Month. It is a time to raise awareness for children and youth in foster care who are waiting for permanent families. Social workers across the country work to ensure the stability and safety of many of them.

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’s National Adoption Month initiative focuses on the adoption of older youth in foster care who frequently face some of the strongest barriers to adoption. Visit the 2016 National Adoption Month website for a range of resources for professionals and families and youth.

In addition, please visit the links below:

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Help Starts Here consumer website

NASW Standards for Social Work Practice in Child Welfare

­NASW Press book: “How to Screen Adoptive and Foster Parents”

Child Welfare Gateway’s Adoption Resources

 

One comment

  1. We cannot attend to the needs of children languishing in foster care without actively addressing the legal obstacles at the state level. An important solution for many of these children is to define the criteria, and to lobby, for the court to mandate that the child be placed in open adoption, preferably within a year. This severs the birthmother’s current “right,” according to the law, to leave her child in an extended period of limbo, often in neglectful circumstances. The law currently views the birthparents has having greater rights (to hold onto the child) than the child has to a loving permanent family.

    Unfortunately the field of social work is partly responsible for the travesty of foster care because, like the law, it insists that it is almost always in the child’s best interest to eventually return to the birthmother. It isn’t. This is very naive when there is an option of open adoption by which the birthmother can maintain some kind of contact, or have information, while the child is growing up in the security of a loving family. The social work field has a great deal of work to do in this area, including legislative lobbies on behalf of the children.

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