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November Kicks Off National Adoption Month

November kicks off National Adoption Month; a month dedicated to raising awareness for children and youth in foster care who are seeking their forever families. Since 1995, the Children’s Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has been developing ways to best serve youth in foster care. Since the turn of the century and the rise of the internet, The Children’s Bureau has actively embraced the most modern outreach methods to find potential families for adoption.

A recurring tagline throughout the month-long campaign is “We never outgrow the need for family,” highlighting the number of older youth in foster care and how to support their futures. Oftentimes, individuals age out of care on their 18th birthdays searching for transitional services. 

Every year, more than 100,000 children and youth in the U.S. foster care system seek permanent families. In Bexar County last year, we had approximately 5,000 children in the foster care system – the third highest number in the state of Texas. Last year in Bexar County, Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA) served 2,103 children and youth in the foster care system in efforts to find safe, permanent homes.

 At CASA, we train and supervise community volunteers who give voice to children in the Bexar County foster care system. Our dedicated volunteers endlessly advocate for permanent homes and ensure these children and youth do not fall through the cracks of an overburdened system.

Our goal for fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017) is to serve 2,500 children by mobilizing a record-breaking 800 community volunteers. With a CASA Advocate on a case, these at-risk children and youth are half as likely to re-enter the foster care system, and find safe, permanent homes 8 months sooner than children without a CASA volunteer.

There are many ways you can give back in honor of National Adoption Month. Consider becoming an Advocate and help Bexar County children find their forever home. Unable to volunteer? Consider donating and helping us spread the word by sharing our posts on social media

 For more information on how to get involved, check out our website, www.casa-satx.org/be-involved.

November Kicks Off National Adoption Month