November is National Adoption Month and it all started with a goal to increase national awareness and to draw attention to the thousands of children in the foster care system in the United States. Every year the Children's Bureau, a child welfare government agency, assigns a theme to promote throughout the month of November during National Adoption Month. These adoption-related themes are created to help support professionals in the child welfare system working each day to find permanency for children and youth in foster care in their community.

This year the theme assigned to National Adoption Month is
“Engage Youth: Listen and Learn."
 

In the foster care system, teenagers are a lot less likely to be adopted, often because of their age. Most teenagers are at risk of aging out of care without a family of their own or even a strong or stable family support system. Studies have proven that securing lifelong connections for teens in foster care, both legally and emotionally, is a critical component in determining their future achievement, health, and well-being.

With this year’s theme, the Children's Bureau is encouraging child welfare professionals to engage with youth who are in or who have been in foster care, to gain a better perspective of their experiences. The goal is for professionals to use this perspective to better serve this vulnerable group of teenagers in the foster care system.

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