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.

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

  • There are currently eight children, ranging from six 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
"It's a Family Affair"

music | prizes | cotton candy | games | pizza
| popcorn
family photos | activity stations & more

Friday, November 6, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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

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Proclamation from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

WHEREAS, November is National Adoption Month, a month set aside each year to raise awareness about the adoption of children and youth from foster care; and

WHEREAS, thanks to the nurturing and care of adoptive parents many young people have been able to reach their potential, spread their wings, and lead full happy lives; and

WHEREAS, adoption thrives on hope and commitment, yet often originates from pain and loss. At all times, however, adoption means family, and by definition family means a permanent connection; and

WHEREAS, last year, 34 children were adopted through the Fairfax County Department of Family Services; and we are grateful to all the families who have revealed the good heart of our community by opening their homes to children through adoption;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on behalf of all the residents of Fairfax County, does herby proclaim the month of November 2015 as

Adoption Awareness Month

in Fairfax County, and urges all residents to support our children in any way they are able – whether by opening their hearts and homes through adoption, becoming foster parents, donating time to help children in need, or by supporting adoptive and foster parents in our community.

Sharon Bulova, Chairman
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

October 6, 2015

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