November Was Adoption Awareness Month


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, 41 children were adopted through the Fairfax County Department of Family Services.

  • More than 85 percent of adoptive families began as foster parents, then committed to adopting the children in their care.

  • There are currently 10 children, ranging in age from 10 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 family.

  • 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 toddlers.
    The majority of children in need of homes in Fairfax County are older youth.

Proclamation from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

WHEREAS, adoption is a loving and viable way of building a family and providing stability to children; and

WHEREAS, many children awaiting adoption have special needs that require extra support to help them overcome their difficulties; and

WHEREAS, statistics show that children who age out of the foster care system without being adopted are less likely to finish high school, much less likely to start or finish college, less likely to have stable housing, more likely to commit crimes, and more likely to have a child out of wedlock;

WHEREAS, post-adoptive services provide needed support to help adoptive families meet their children's needs; and

WHEREAS, in observing Adoption Awareness Month, we recognize the valuable contributions of adoptive parents who continually strive to improve the quality of life for the children they bring into their lives; 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 2013 as

Adoption Awareness Month

In Fairfax County, and urges all residents to celebrate adoption, honor families that have grown through adoption, further an awareness of the benefits of adoption, and focus attention on finding adoptive families for those children in our community who need them.

 

Sharon Bulova, Chairman
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

October 8, 2013

 



Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Present the Proclamation

 

Celebrate

National Adoption Awareness Month

Friday, November 15, 2013
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
Directions

 

 

Adoption in Fairfax County

Get to know some of the wonderful children available for adoption through the Department of Family Services.

Find out more about adoption.

 

 

 




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