Department of Family Services – Children and Families

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

703-324-7500
TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Pennino Building
Fairfax, VA 22035

Oriane Eriksen,
Director

Adoption Awareness Month - Community Engagement Toolkit

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November is Adoption Awareness Month. We can all agree that every child should live in a loving, stable and nurturing home. When reunification is no longer an option for some children in foster care, adoptive parents can provide a home where youth have the normal experiences that children need as they grow up. They nurture children who have experienced abuse and neglect, and help children overcome past traumatic experiences so that they can reach their full potential.

Join us in showing appreciation to adoptive parents for taking an extraordinary step in opening their hearts and homes to children in need of a safe place to call home.

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November is Adoption Awareness Month, a month set aside to raise awareness about the urgent need for adoptive families for children and youth in foster care.

In the United States, there are more than 122,200 children and youth waiting to be adopted who are at risk of aging out of foster care without permanent family connections (AFCARS Report August 2020). In the Commonwealth of Virginia, over 700 children are waiting to be adopted.

In Fairfax County, 75% of children waiting for adoption are over the age of 13; unfortunately, youth leaving foster care without a permanent connection face challenges with employment, education, and mental health. Learn more about the wonderful children awaiting adoption.

In Fairfax County 51% of the children and youth in foster care are part of sibling groups waiting for adoption. Learn more about how to become a foster or adoptive parent and how the county supports adoptive families.

During this month we also celebrate all the families who have opened their homes to children through adoption. In Fairfax County, 41 adoptions were finalized in the last year. Learn more about families formed through adoption.

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November is Adoption Awareness Month. Did you know that no matter your marital status, you can be an adoptive parent to a child in need? Single, divorced and married (including LGBTQ couples) folks are all welcome, as long as you are at least 18 years old! Fairfax County’s greatest need is for loving homes for children in sibling groups and those 9 years of age and older. Meet some of the wonderful children awaiting adoption https://bit.ly/3mkIZPD. Learn more about how to foster to adopt https://bit.ly/2YuZyzT or email BeAFosterParent@fairfaxcounty.gov. #NationalAdoptionMonth #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices

November is Adoption Awareness Month. We can all agree that every child should live in a loving, stable and nurturing home. We appreciate adoptive parents for taking an extraordinary step in opening their hearts and homes to children in need of a safe place to call home. Celebrate with us https://bit.ly/35vpNYv. Learn how you can become a foster or adoptive parent to children in need of a permanent home https://bit.ly/2YuZyzT or email BeAFosterParent@fairfaxcounty.gov. #NationalAdoptionMonth #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices

November is Adoption Awareness Month. When reunification is no longer an option for some children, adoptive parents can step in and provide a home where youth have the normal experiences that children need as they grow up. They nurture children who have experienced abuse and neglect, and help children overcome past traumatic experiences so that they can reach their full potential. In our Adoption Snapshots series, meet some families who have made the commitment https://bit.ly/34mElKI. #AdoptionSnapshots #AdoptionAwarenessMonth #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices

Connection and belonging are human needs. There are over 700 children and youth in Virginia awaiting adoption. Learn how you can become a foster or adoptive parent https://bit.ly/2YuZyzT or email BeAFosterParent@fairfaxcounty.gov. #NationalAdoptionMonth #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices

Interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent? Check out the Adoption Month issue of the Foster Family News for training opportunities, foster care successes, and ways to support children and parents https://bit.ly/3b92Xag. #NationalAdoptionMonth #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices

Fairfax County’s greatest need is for loving homes for children in sibling groups and those 9 years of age and older. Youth are never too old to be adopted. Meet some of the wonderful children awaiting adoption https://bit.ly/3mkIZPD or email BeAFosterParent@fairfaxcounty.gov. #NationalAdoptionMonth #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices

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November is Adoption Awareness Month. Did you know that no matter your marital status, you can be a foster or adoptive parent to a child in need? Learn more https://bit.ly/2YuZyzT or email BeAFosterParent@fairfaxcounty.gov. #NationalAdoptionMonth #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices

Connection & belonging are human needs. There are 700+ children & youth in Virginia awaiting adoption. Learn how you can become a foster or adoptive parent https://bit.ly/2YuZyzT or email BeAFosterParent@fairfaxcounty.gov. #NationalAdoptionMonth #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices

During Adoption Awareness Month. Meet some families who are committed to helping youth have the normal experiences that children need as they grow up https://bit.ly/34mElKI. #AdoptionSnapshots #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices #NationalAdoptionMonth

During Adoption Awareness Month & throughout the year, we celebrate adoptive parents for taking an extraordinary step in opening their hearts & homes to children in need of a safe place to call home. https://bit.ly/35vpNYv #NationalAdoptionMonth #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices

Interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent? Check out the Adoption Month issue of Foster Family News for training opportunities, foster care successes, & ways to support children and parents. https://bit.ly/3b92Xag #NationalAdoptionMonth #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices

#FairfaxCountyFamilyServices' biggest need is loving homes for children in sibling groups & those 9 years of age+. Youth are never too old to be adopted. Meet the children awaiting adoption https://bit.ly/3mkIZPD or email BeAFosterParent@fairfaxcounty.gov. #NationalAdoptionMonth

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2020 National Adoption Awareness Month  - In Times of Test, Family Is Best graphic

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For media inquiries, contact Department of Family Services' Public Information Officer Amy Carlini by email office phone 703-324-7758 or mobile phone 571-355-6672.

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