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November marks National Adoption Month

November marks National Adoption Month

By Carter Hall, Intern

This month, agencies and advocates across the country will celebrate National Adoption Month. Programs, events and activities will help raise awareness of the thousands of foster children waiting for a forever family across America.

In Ohio, children awaiting adoption number more than 2,500. Profiles of many of these children can be found online at the Ohio Adoption Photolisting.

The theme of this year’s National Adoption Month – “Teens Need Families, No Matter What” – focuses on finding families for teenagers in foster care who face aging out of the system with no family supports. The 2017 National Adoption Month website offers a host of information for youth, families, and child protection professionals, including multi-media content about adoption and teen adoption.

Governor John Kasich issued a resolution (pictured) endorsing Adoption Recognition and Recruitment Month for Ohio. Acknowledging the national theme, the resolution cites the following figures:

  • 2,671 of children in foster care are waiting to be adopted
  • 1,103 of those children awaiting adoption are 13 years and older
  • those waiting children age 13 and older have been in foster care for an average of 1,657 days, or 4 years, 6 months and 2 weeks

Nov. 18 is National Adoption Day, a national awareness effort established by a coalition of advocates including the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, the Alliance for Children’s Rights and Children’s Action Network. Last year, 4,700 children were adopted in over 400 cities on National Adoption Day, including many in Ohio. Check out the directory of Adoption Day events around the country and find additional resources.