November is National Adoption Month, a time to celebrate adoptive families, raise awareness for youth looking for their forever families, and promote the need for more adoptive homes. In the last fiscal year, 1,275 children were adopted in the State of Georgia. This year, we aim to increase that number through the help of our community partnerships.
This year’s theme, “Empowering Youth: Finding Points of Connection,” highlights the importance of youth engagement and incorporating their voices within adoption efforts. By engaging with youth and incorporating their goals, we can provide them with more opportunities to make important life decisions.
Currently in Georgia, there is an urgent need for adoptive families for teens, sibling groups, and children with complex needs. We want to ensure that the needs of each child are met through healthy families and support systems, and we know that we can’t do this work alone.
Here are ways you can get involved:
- Find out how you can volunteer with your local DFCS county office to support the families in your community
- Honor the adoptive parents in your community
- Share our weekly Wednesday’s Child social media posts on your social platforms
- Visit dfcs.georgia.gov/services/adoption to learn more about adopting in Georgia
For information on Georgia’s children looking for their forever families, please visit itsmyturnnow.dhs.ga.gov or call 1-877-423-4746 and select option 2.