Department of Family Services – Children and Families

Fairfax County, Virginia

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

TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Pennino Building
Fairfax, VA 22035

Oriane Eriksen,

November is Adoption Awareness Month - Proclamation

National Adoption Awareness Month 2020 In Times of Test, Family is Best banner graphic

WHEREAS, over 66,000 children were adopted across the United States in 2019, leaving more than 122,200 children waiting for adoption; and

WHEREAS, over 700 foster children in the Commonwealth of Virginia are waiting for adoptive families; and

WHEREAS, 30% of the children waiting in Virginia and 75% of children waiting in Fairfax County are over the age of 13; and

WHEREAS, youth leaving foster care without a permanent connection face challenges with employment, education, and mental health; and

WHEREAS, during Adoption Awareness Month, we celebrate all the families who have opened their homes to children through adoption; there were 41 children and youth adopted from foster care last year in Fairfax County; and

WHEREAS, we also recognize those children and youth still waiting to join an adoptive family and find their permanent connection; there are currently six children in foster care in Fairfax County waiting to find their adoptive families; and

WHEREAS, every child in Fairfax County, regardless of physical, medical or emotional challenges, age, race, or sexual orientation, needs love, support, security, and a place to call home; and

WHEREAS, the Department of Family Services is committed to supporting children in foster care waiting for adoption and supporting adoptive families through education, services, and 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 2020 as


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, or by supporting adoptive and foster parents in our community.

Jeffrey C. McKay, Chairman
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
November 17, 2020

(Note: This photo was taken at the 2019 proclamation.)

2019 Adoption Awareness Month Proclamation group photo

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