November is National Adoption Awareness Month. It’s a time for celebration and education.
Destiny Adoption celebrates and recognizes those involved in adoption. From birth parents to adoptive families and from the adoption community to counselors, it takes a team. When everyone works together toward a shared vision, it makes each adoption successful for all involved.
National Adoption Awareness Month has been recognized across the U.S. for more than two decades. A variety of activities and events take place on the national, state and local level to educate communities and promote adoption. Programs, such as adoptive family groups and kinship care and foster care organizations, help to advocate and raise awareness for children in need of permanent, loving families.
An initiative of the Children’s Bureau, each year the focus is on a different adoption-related theme. This year’s theme is “Teens Need Families, No Matter What.”
Focused on the importance of adopting teens, the Children’s Bureau created and is providing resources to help agencies locate and prepare potential adoptive families for adopting teens. Because teens are less likely to be adopted due to their age, many end up aging out of the system.
When that happens, the results are teens who transition into young adulthood with little to no support system. Assistance with housing, food, medical services, education, training, career, emotional and legal support are largely unavailable to them. Without support, opportunities and resources, statistics show that of teens who age out:
- One in five will become homeless
- 71 percent of young women will become pregnant
- One in four will experience PTSD from childhood trauma
In 2014, there were more than 400,000 children in foster care in the U.S. Each year, more than 26,000 children age out of the system. This shows how critical the mission is to identify well-prepared, committed families for teens in foster care. Securing lifelong connections for these teens is an urgent need and critical component of their future success and overall well-being.
About Destiny Adoption’s mission, Lisa Cuffaro, Destiny founder and executive director, said, “Our objective is to keep children out of the system. I want to help children get adopted so they never have to experience the negatives or age out of the system.”
National Adoption Awareness Month represents the lives of thousands of children, who are without parents, families and permanent homes. According to adoptuskids.org, these children spend more than three years on average in foster care, waiting for a permanent home and family.
To decrease the number of children’s lives who are impacted, Destiny Adoption supports and promotes adoption of children in foster care and adoption as an option for birth parents facing an unplanned pregnancy. The benefits of adoption show that it can lead to a positive outcome for everyone.
Author: Destiny Adoption Services
Destiny Adoption Services is proud to support and guide birth parents and adoptive families on the journey of adoption. We’re a state licensed nonprofit adoption agency with four decades of adoption experience, and our professional team of experts includes moms, adoptive moms and birth mothers who provide compassion combined with trusted resources and skills.