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

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

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.



 

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Special Event

Fairfax County Department of Family Services
Foster Care and Adoption Program
Annual National Adoption Awareness Month Celebration
"We Got the Gold"

Free Family Event Open to the Public

music | prizes | games
family photos | activity stations

Friday, November 18, 2016
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

(7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Formal Adoption Ceremony) 
Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035
RSVP by Thursday, November 17, 2016
to Ann Kim or call 703-324-7486.

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Proclamation from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

(coming soon)

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