National Adoption Month is recognized annually in November throughout the nation to raise awareness about the urgent need for adoptive families for children and youth in foster care. This year, during National Adoption Month, we are being encouraged to have meaningful conversations with children and youth in foster care waiting for a forever family. Every child has a story, and it is crucial to hear that story in order to provide support and help every child overcome barriers.
There are nearly 4,000 children available for adoption in Ohio who urgently need foster and adoptive families. Across the nation, there are over 122,000 children and youth in foster care. These children need a loving, stable environment—many risk exiting the foster care system without any legal or emotional ties.
“We are constantly in awe of those special foster and adoptive families who open their hearts and homes to local foster youth. You don’t have to be perfect. All you need is stability, structure, and a large dose of patience and humor!” states Cheryl Tarantino, Executive Director of NOAS.