Sunday, November 15, 2015

HAPPY NOVEMBER: National Adoption Month! In partnership with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AdoptUSKids and the Ad Council

Good evening to all. I have a very important post to share with you all tonight. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AdoptUSKids and the Ad Council ask for your support  about a new PSA campaign that encourages prospective parents to adopt older youth from foster care. The theme for 'National Adoption Month' is 'WE NEVER OUTGROW THE NEED FOR FAMILY' because older children as well as youth still have many big milestones in their lives that they will need a family for. This is a very close topic to my heart and hope you can leave a comment below or share this post to spread awareness.
Did you know that there are 415,000 children in the U.S. foster care system and 108,000 waiting to be adopted. Isn't that a huge number? AdoptUSKids maintains a national photo listing service for children waiting to be adopted. Since the project launch in 2002, more than 25,000 children who were once listed on this website have been adopted and nearly 38,000 families have registered to adopt through the website. Nevertheless, the older youth are disproportionately represented, approximately 41% of children/youth listed on the website are between 15 and 18 years old  but only 17% have been adopted.



It is known that older youth and teens have lower adoption rates than younger children and often wait much longer. No matter the age, ALL kids need a supportive and loving home. The teenage years are a critical period for growth which makes it all the more important. 



The new TV PSAs were created for the campaign probono. It portrays a dad giving advice to his teenage daughter after her first breakup. and a mom giving her son a haircut at home. The humorous and light-hearted scenarios aim to overcome fears that adoptive parents may have regarding their own imperfections. The PSA ends with the tagline 'You don't have to be perfect to be a perfect parent' which reassures prospective parents that even they are not perfect. They have the ability to provide the stability and security that older youth in foster care need and deserve.



The PSAs direct audiences to visit adoptuskids.org or to call 1-800-200-4005 [English] or 1-877-236-7830 [Spanish] to receive the latest information about the foster care system and the adoption process.

Check out the PSAs

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#NAM15 and #perfectparent 
For more information about adoption, or about becoming an adoptive parent to a child from foster care, please visit www.adoptuskids.org or visit the campaign’s communities on Facebook and Twitter.

Why Older Youth?
  • All of us – and that includes older youth in foster care who are waiting to be adopted – need and want families throughout life to support us and to share important life events. Learning to drive a car, applying for higher education, and birthday and holiday celebrations are just a few examples of the times in life we need and want to share with family. 
  • Older youth are over-represented in the foster care population, as they generally wait longer to be adopted, and have lower overall adoption rates.    
  • On adoptuskids.org, roughly 41 percent of the children and youth actively photolisted are between the ages of 15 and 18 years old. About 58 percent are male. (Most recent stats as of May 31, 2015) 
  • Families who adopt older youth, are providing them with the support and stability of a family during a critical period of normal adolescent concerns and additional self-identity issues.

Some of the Misperceptions about Adoption from Foster Care: 
  • Adoption is expensive.  Unlike the private adoption of an infant or adopting internationally, there are virtually no costs associated with adoption from the US child welfare system. In addition, the vast majority of youth adopted from foster care are also eligible for monthly adoption assistance up to the level of the foster care rate. 
  • You have to be married. You do not have to be married to adopt in most states. Many children have been very successfully adopted by single parents. Single-parent families accounted for 29 percent of all adoptions from foster care in 2014 (AFCARS). 
  • You have to have a college degree. Having a high school diploma or college education is not required. What is important is that you are stable, flexible, and compassionate, and that you have a good sense of humor. Most importantly, you must have the support and commitment to raise a child and to be there for him throughout his life. 
  • You have to own a home and each child has to have their own room. You can rent your home or live in an apartment or a mobile home so long as your living situation is a stable one. 
  • You have to be of child-bearing age to adopt. Experienced parents and empty-nesters are encouraged to adopt. In most instances, you’re eligible to adopt regardless of age, income, marital status or sexual orientation.  
  • You can only adopt a child who is the same race and ethnicity as you. Federal law prohibits the delay or denial of an adoptive placement based on the race or ethnicity of a child in U.S. foster care and the prospective parent or parents who are seeking to adopt them. The only exception to this law is the adoption of Native American children where special considerations apply.  
  • You can’t adopt if you’re in the military. Military families stationed overseas and within the U.S. are eligible to adopt children from the U.S. foster care system.     

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Question Of The Day
Do you know anybody who has adopted before 
or is adopted?

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HAPPY NOVEMBER:
NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH

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*This post is sponsored, Love and Lipgloss Reviews has received some form of compensation with posting.*

5 comments:

  1. This post is very informative. I actually didn't realize that November was national adoption month. To answer your question -- yes, I know lots of people that were adopted. I have two little cousins that were adopted that were sisters, my uncle was adopted by his grandparents, I have another cousin who was adopted. And then I have ANOTHER cousin who's step-father adopted him... yeah, I have a billion cousins, I'm Italian, though, what can I say? Ahah. Plus, I went to school with a bunch of people that were adopted. So, yeah, needless to say, I know plenty of people that were adopted.

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  2. I didn't know about november being national adoption month. Thank you for sharing this info. I will gladly share this with my friends and family.

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