You might already know November is National Adoption Month, but did you know this Saturday, Nov. 23, is National Adoption Day? And there are ways you can mark this day by bringing greater awareness to the more than 100,000 children nationwide who are in foster care and waiting for permanent, loving families.
In Pennsylvania, more than 2,000 kids awaited adoption from foster care in 2011 alone, and that’s on top of the roughly 2,000 kids who were adopted from foster care that year. We’re making progress in helping kids find their “forever families,” but there’s plenty of room to improve on our efforts.
And if you’re wondering what it takes to be an adoptive parent, it’s probably less daunting than you think. You don’t have to be married or wealthy to be an adoptive parent. In fact, there often are forms of financial help available, including tax credits, for those who adopt.
But it’s the children themselves who make the strongest case for the benefits of adoption. The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare recently launched a social media campaign - #MeetTheKids - to give Pennsylvanians the opportunity to meet these amazing young people. Please take a moment on National Adoption Day to learn more about the #MeetTheKids campaign and how you can make a difference in the life of a child awaiting adoption.
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