We Never Outgrow the Need for Family

November 1, 2016
A young person wearing black sneakers, with their hands folded.

Samantha Tynes, Child Welfare Information Gateway

November is National Adoption Month, a time when the nation celebrates the thousands of families who have come together through adoption.

This year we’re highlighting older youth in foster care. These kids often wait the longest for a permanent home, and sometimes face the most significant barriers to adoption.

Adoption would be welcome for many children and youth in out-of-home care, but some older youth may be reluctant to be adopted. They may be afraid of severing ties with their birth parents, or that a new family may reject them. They also may be eager for independence, and not fully understand how important it is to have a family as a young adult.

Older youth have a valuable perspective and should be included in the process of planning for their future. But it can be difficult to begin the conversation about adoption.

There are resources to help child welfare professionals have more meaningful conversations with youth.

Visit the National Adoption Month website Visit disclaimer page and find opportunities to get involved this month — and throughout the year — to promote and support permanent families for older youth in foster care.

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