November is National Adoption Month

Nov 2, 2016

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