Across the United States, adoptive parents, adoptees, and adoptive families are celebrating National Adoption Awareness Month.
The annual commemoration, established in 1990, is designed to raise adoption awareness and bring attention to the tens of thousands of children in foster care that are still waiting to be adopted.
This year, national adoption day will be on November 18, when courts across the country will finalize thousands of adoptions of children from foster care.
Goals of National Adoption Day 2006:
· Finalize adoptions from foster care in all 50 states.
· Celebrate and honor all families that adopt.
· Raise awareness about the 114,000 children in foster care waiting for adoption.
· Encourage others to adopt children from foster care.
· Build collaboration among local adoption agencies, courts and advocacy organizations.
· Through research, learn more about families wanting to adopt and the children waiting to be adopted,
· Find more permanent, loving homes for children in foster care.
The California Department of Social Services offers the following information about adoptions in California.
Foster children of all ages are in the child welfare system awaiting permanent homes. Parental rights to these children have been terminated by court order. The county or the CDSS selects permanent homes in which to make an adoptive placement. Potential adoptive parents are informed of special needs or significant problems which the child may have or could encounter. Information provided by the child’s caseworker depicts the child and describes the adjustments and challenges the child will have to overcome once placed with an adoptive family.
California Kids Connection
In an effort to use the power of the Internet and to bring children and families together, the California Kids Connection program was developed as California’s registry of children waiting to be adopted and families wanting to adopt. The program offers both a secure website accessible only to California licensed adoption agency personnel and a public site accessible to any Internet user. The public site is available to anyone using the Internet, and this site features children for whom legal clearance has been granted by the court.
Finding And Adopting A Child
If you would like to adopt a child, contact your local licensed public adoption agency or a CDSS adoptions district office to speak with an agency representative about the adoption process which will include an orientation. After the orientation, if you make the decision to adopt, you must complete and submit a written application and the agency will assign an adoption caseworker to discuss the type of child you wish to adopt and the children that are available through the public adoption agency. You must participate in a “family assessment” which consists of a thorough review of your criminal, medical, employment, emotional, marital, and life history and your home environment, as required by law. This process is a joint effort by the agency and the adoptive applicants. The agency evaluates and determines your ability to provide a stable, safe, and permanent home to a child who is available for adoptive placement.
You may also wish to consider adoption through a licensed private adoption agency. You will need to contact licensed private agencies in your area for information about their services, requirements, and fees.
The ages of children available for adoption vary from county to county. Persons wishing to adopt infants may expect to wait some time for their application to be selected, as most agencies have many homes already approved and waiting for the placement of infants.
The theme for this year’s National Adoption Awareness Month is “Answering The Call.”
Sagaria Law, P.C. handles adoptions in Santa Clara County, Alameda County, and Monterey County. Contact Sagaria Law, P.C. for more information. We have offices in Fremont, San Jose, and Monterey.
November Is National Adoption Awareness Month, Associated Content
National Adoption Day Website
Adoption FAQ, California Department of Social Services
Related Web Resources:
Directory of Licensed California Adoption Agencies (PDF)
CDSS Adoption District Offices, Childsworld.ca.gov