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November is National Adoption Month

November – a month associated with Thanksgiving and happy families gathered around the table – is National Adoption Month. And I can think of no better time to raise awareness about the importance of helping every child have a permanent, safe and loving home.

At Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) of Columbus, we especially want to raise awareness about the need to find forever homes for children in foster care who are eligible for adoption.

Nationwide, there are more than 123,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted from foster care – meaning there is no chance of reuniting them with their birth families. One in five of these are teens, who are at risk of aging out of foster care with no permanent family to care for them (ChildWelfare.gov). 

 

When we talk about the need for adoptions, especially adoptions for older kids, it’s easy to get caught up in the grim statistics. And they are grim. Kids enter foster care through no fault of their own, but as the unintended victims of the opioid epidemic, parental incarceration, mental illness and more. As kids age out of foster care, they have huge risks for homelessness, human trafficking and incarceration, to name a few.

But I like to focus more on the hope, and the difference an adoptive family can make in the life of a child. Doesn’t every youth deserve a forever family? A family to be there to provide stability, love, and safety. A family to help youth navigate and celebrate life’s milestones, such as graduating from high school, going to college, finding a job and developing life skills to be successful. A family to gather around the Thanksgiving table and share happy holiday moments.

At SAFY, we call our foster and adoptive families Agents of Hope. Because that’s what they do – bring hope, healing, love and support. 

SAFY has been working for more than 35 years to strengthen our community through helping families thrive. We believe we all benefit when children have permanency, safety, well-being and self-sufficiency. 

To learn more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent, visit www.SAFY.org or call us at 614-729-2024.

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