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.)
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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
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.