Sunday, November 08, 2009

National Adoption Month: Adoption from Foster Care

November is National Adoption Month, and AdoptUsKids ( is stepping up its efforts to increase awareness of the need for recruiting and retaining foster and adoptive parents. Through Global Influence, they have asked bloggers like me to help spread the word about the importance and benefits of adoption from foster care.

The mission of AdoptUsKids is to recruit and connect foster and adoptive families with waiting children throughout the United States. Funded by the Children’s Bureau of the Administration for Children and Families, their national photolisting website contains photos and information about children in foster care.

Sadly, there are about 129,000 children waiting for adoptive families in the United States foster care system. Since July 2004, AdoptUsKids has been partnering with the Children’s Bureau and the Ad Council to develop national adoption public service advertising campaigns with the goal of raising awareness of the significant number of children in this country waiting to be adopted.

This year, AdoptUsKids is especially reaching out to the African American community. Thirty-one percent of the children in foster care waiting to be adopted are African American. African American children are overrepresented in the foster care population relative to their percentage in the U.S. general population. Because of this, African American children often wait longer to be adopted.

Of course, adoption from foster care is a momentous decision, but matching the right child with the right family could have an enormous impact on that child’s life. If you’d like more information about foster care or adoption, your first step is to visit You can also search for children in your area who are available for adoption by visiting

Also, if you’re on Twitter, there will be a Twitter event at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 10th to discuss the benefits of adoption, and provide information on adoption from foster care. Use the hashtag #adoptuskids to participate. Please follow @perfectparent ( and become a fan of AdoptUsKids on Facebook at

This campaign is brought to you by Global Influence, the former Momfluence network.


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