November is National 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. (Learn more about foster care and adoption.)

Fairfax County Facts

  • Last year, 34 children were adopted through the Fairfax County Department of Family Services.

  • More than 58 percent of adoptive families began as foster parents, then committed to adopting the children in their care.

  • There are currently 11 children, ranging from 9 to 17 years of age, in need of adoptive homes in Fairfax County. (Meet some of the wonderful children.)

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.
 

Special Event

Fairfax County Department of Family Services
Foster Care and Adoption Program
Annual National Adoption Awareness Month Celebration
"Heroes Among Us"
Friday, November 7, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035
RSVP by Friday, October 24, 2014 to
Ann Kim or call 703-324-7486.

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Proclamation from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

WHEREAS, Adoption Awareness Month is celebrated to call attention to the fact that every child deserves to grow up in a loving, nurturing, permanent home as this experience lays the foundation for a happy, productive adulthood; and

WHEREAS, when birth families are unable to meet the ongoing needs of children born to them, adoption is the best alternative and does not erase a child's connections to the family into which they were born; and

WHEREAS, there are 14 children in foster care in Fairfax County who are waiting for a forever family; and

WHEREAS, adoptive parents and families who have adopted children with special needs require and 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 2014 as

Adoption Awareness Month

in Fairfax County, a time for all our residents to reflect on the dreams of children who wait for a permanent family; and those families who desire the joys and responsibilities of parenthood.

Sharon Bulova, Chairman
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

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Special Announcement

Jennifer Roberts, Fairfax County Department of Family Services Foster Care and Adoption Specialist III, was nominated and selected for the United States Department of Health and Human Services 2014 Adoption Excellence Award in the category Individuals/Professionals. She was recognized for extraordinary contributions in providing adoption and other permanency outcomes for children in foster care. The United States Department of Health and Human Services established the Adoption Excellence Awards program in 1997 to recognize outstanding accomplishments in achieving permanency for America's children waiting in foster care. These awards honor states, child welfare agencies, organizations, courts, businesses, individuals, and families. Jennifer Roberts will be one of 13 recipients to receive the Adoption Excellence Award on Tuesday, November 18, 2014.




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