Nov. is National Adoption Month - Celebrate by Becoming a Resource Parent
Help Keep Siblings Together this National Adoption Month
Children’s Bureau Info Meetings Teach Interested Families about Foster-Adoption
(Valencia, CA) November is National Adoption Month, an opportunity to bring awareness and attention to the need for permanent families for children and youth in the U.S. foster care system. Since 2000, Children’s Bureau has finalized more than 2,047 adoptions of vulnerable children in Southern California and continues to promote the need for resource parents through its “Be the Reason” recruitment campaign.
In Los Angeles County alone, the foster care population exceeds 21,000 children with 200 of those foster children waiting for an adoptive family. Many of these children are siblings in need of families who are willing and able to keep them together. In fact, Children’s Bureau turns away at least 10 sibling sets weekly due to lack of families.
“Children’s Bureau focuses on keeping siblings together whenever possible,” said Amy Heilman, Children’s Bureau’s Director of Foster Care and Adoption. “The sibling relationship is a strong and important long-term bond in the life of a child. We see that children adjust better and find more success in life when they join a family with their siblings. It takes away that worry about the safety of their brother or sister. The child can then focus on adjusting to the family they have joined and their new environment.”
Although we find loving families for more than 300 at-risk children and finalize 100 adoptions annually, the need continues for more individuals and families to become resource parents, especially ones who are able to accept siblings. Resource parents (foster and adoptive) are concerned about the well-being of children and their families. Resource parents protect and nurture children, meet children’s developmental needs, support children’s relationships with their birth families and do all of this as a member of a professional team.
Children’s Bureau welcomes every individual regardless of race, age, religion, disability, marital status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression to become a resource for children. Qualifying families receive training and support throughout their journey.
Children's Bureau now also offers a fee-for-service Domestic /Independent Adoption Home Study Program for families seeking the adoption of an infant whose birth mother is making an adoption plan for her newborn child.
Discover if you have the willingness, ability and resources to take on the challenge of helping children in need. A monthly information meeting is being held Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 10:00 AM to Noon at Children’s Bureau, 27200 Tourney Road, Suite 175, Valencia, CA 91355. To R.S.V.P. or for more information, please call 661.208.4212 or email us at RFrecruitment@all4kids.org. An application may be downloaded from the website.
Licenses: Magnolia FFA 197805422, Palmdale FFA 197800281, Adoption (all) 197805428
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 10:00am to 12:00pm
Children's Bureau of Southern California, Suite 175 27200 Tourney Road, Valencia, CA 91355