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November is National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month and Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health wants to increase awareness about the need to find permanent, loving families for children and youth in the U.S. foster care system.

This year’s National Adoption Month theme is “Teens Need Families, No Matter What,” and highlights the importance of identifying well prepared and committed families for the thousands of teenagers in foster care. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website, the theme was selected because “Many of these young people are less likely to be adopted, often because of their age, and will too often age out without a stable support system.”

The most recent Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System data shows that, in the U.S., more than 400,000 children are in foster care and more than 110,000 children and youth in foster care are waiting to be adopted (nearly 12,500 are 15 to 17 years of age).

“Typically, when people think of adoption, they think of infants automatically,” said Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Director of Foster Care Services Paul Davis. “Many people aren’t necessarily aware that there are thousands of teenagers who are also looking for their forever families. No one is ever too old to need the love and support of family, and every child deserves a caring, nurturing environment in which to grow and thrive.”

Devereux’s foster care services

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health provides traditional foster care and treatment foster care services to a diverse population of at-risk children – and their families – in the following states: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Our foster care programs operate with the belief that all individuals deserve a loving, supportive and nurturing family – and a positive home environment – to help them reach their unique potential. We utilize a multi-disciplinary approach with an emphasis on innovative program development, teamwork and clinical excellence.

“Growing up without a family presents a huge challenge for kids, then add the anxiety of not knowing if you’ll ever have a family to call your own; it can be emotionally and physically draining,” Davis explained.  “Our foster care programs include traditional care, kinship care and therapeutic care. We work with many children who do not have a permanent home, but what they really need is a loving forever family to provide that permanent home. That’s what every foster child really wants and needs.” Click here for details on our foster care services. 

Learn more about National Adoption Month

National Adoption Month is an initiative of the Children's Bureau – part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – and is supported through a partnership with Child Welfare Information Gateway and AdoptUSKids. To learn more, click here.

 

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