For AdoptUsKids and Child Welfare Information Gateway, National Adoption Month is a special opportunity to raise awareness for more than 100,000 children in the U.S. foster care system who are waiting for the love and stability of a safe, permanent home.
Each year, those entities select a theme to rally behind all month long. This year’s National Adoption Month theme – “Promoting and Supporting Sibling Connections” – pays tribute to the unique bond between siblings and highlights the role that strong sibling relationships play in children’s development and emotional well-being.
Reading stories from families who were able to keep siblings together or appeals from brothers and sisters who want to stay together really drives home the importance of these siblings bonds. Read a few of such stories below to see this for yourself:
- These six children need a family, and their hope has gone viral(Kansas City Star)
- Four Siblings Make Heartbreaking Plea (Yahoo! Parenting)
- The Kerin Family (AdoptUSKids)
Since 2002, nearly 10,000 siblings photolisted on adoptuskids.org have found families. For sibling groups in foster care that are available for adoption and don’t have an identified placement, the AdoptUSKids website can be a useful tool in finding prospective families. AdoptUSKids is a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Administration for Children and Families. See the infographic below for more information.
This afternoon (Thursday, November 13th) at 1 p.m. eastern time, AdoptUSKids National Project Director Kathy Ledesma will be responding to questions about foster care adoption during a one-hour live Q&A session on the AdoptUSKids Facebook page. Follow that link to participate or simply learn more about foster care.