The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has proclaimed November as National Adoption Month, a
month set aside each year to raise awareness about the adoption of
children and youth from foster care. Through adoption, children and
families gain lifelong support, love and a brighter future.
Fairfax County Facts
Last year, 21 children were adopted through the Fairfax County
Department of Family Services.
More than 76 percent of adoptive families began as foster
parents, then committed to adopting the children in their
There are currently 18 children, ranging in age from 3 to 17, in
need of adoptive homes in Fairfax County.
Five Myths About Adoption
Only married couples can adopt.
Adoptive parents may be married or single, childless or already
parenting other children.
Only homeowners can adopt.
You are not required to own your own home or to have a high
income in order to give children what they need--permanence,
stability, a lifetime commitment, and a chance to be part of a
Only stay-at-home parents can adopt.
Adoptive parents may work outside the home.
It takes years to become approved to adopt.
Adoptive parents must complete a 27-hour training program and a
home study. The process typically takes about four months.
Most children in need of homes are infants or
The majority of children in need of homes in Fairfax County are
Proclamation from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
WHEREAS, every child deserves a loving, nurturing, and
permanent home, and of this date, 18 children who are in the care
of Fairfax County's Department of Family Service because of abuse
and neglect are waiting for such a home; and
WHEREAS, many of these children face unique challenges due
to physical, mental, or emotional disabilities, and require extra
patience and support to help them overcome previous hardships; and
WHEREAS, children can be more difficult to place when they
are part of a sibling group, when they are minorities, or when they
are six years or older; and
WHEREAS, adoption gives them a brighter future and brings
great joy to the adoptive parents; and
WHEREAS, children waiting for adoptive parents and families
who have adopted children deserve community and public agency
support; NOW THEREFORE
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Fairfax County Board of
Supervisors on behalf of all the residents of Fairfax County, does
hereby proclaim the month of November 2012 as
Adoption Awareness Month
In Fairfax County, and encourage citizens, community agencies,
religious organizations, businesses, and others to celebrate
adoption, honor families that grow through adoption, further an
awareness of the changes and issues in adoption, and focus
attention on those children who live in the shadow of an uncertain
future while they await permanent families.
Sharon Bulova, Chairman
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
October 16, 2012
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Present the Proclamation
Adoption in Fairfax County
Get to know some of the wonderful
children available for adoption through the Department of
Find out more about
Mr. and Mrs. Bailey adopted their paternal nephew Xavier. They
believe that "it takes a village to raise a child" and
are grateful for all the support, advice and training they
received to help them raise their nephew (now son).
Ada and Roger Ventura finalized the adoption of their paternal
nephew Enrique in August 2012. They also have custody of his
brother Mark and are in the process of adopting him as well. Mr.
and Mrs. Ventura and the entire family are so happy to be
able to keep the brothers together and in the family
Becky Chase adopted Gabrielle and feels that making the decision
to adopt her son was tremendous and worth every minute! She feels
blessed to have Gabriel in her family.
Bill and Rita Bill adopted Isaiah and Marisa and are so happy
that they were able to keep these siblings together. They feel
that providing a safe and loving home to these two special
children has blessed their lives.