November is National Adoption Month and Painter & Associates is dedicated to increasing awareness about the need for permanent families for children and youth in the foster care system. This year’s theme, “Teens Need Families, No Matter What,” focuses on the adoption of teenagers in foster care and the importance of building a strong support system for the teenagers and prospective adoptive families.
All children, not just infants, need a home and teenagers are no different. And YOU CAN make a difference in a teenager’s life. By adopting a teenager, you can help a child move on in life; provide a stable, structured and loving home; and help prepare a member of society for adulthood. And most importantly, to give and receive love.
Teenagers are hard. But Teenagers also: sleep through the night; are ready to move out sooner than infants; no formula or diapers necessary; they can mow the lawn, take out the trash and clean the bathroom; keep you up to date new fashion and music trends; and drive down the street sooner to pick up milk.
The Ohio Adoption Photolisting Website (http://adoptionphotolistingohio.org/resources.php) provides a list of events and resources available to youth and prospective adoptive families throughout Ohio. Additional resources are also available through the Children’s Bureau, a division within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/adoption/nam/families-youth/).
We all need someone to share our life, dreams, achievements and special days with. If you are interested in adoption, please consider adoption from the foster system. In Ohio there are more than 12,500 children in foster care on any given day and more than 2,500 children are in the permanent custody of children services and awaiting adoption.