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National Adoption Month in Ohio

November is National Adoption Month and Painter and Associates hopes to increase awareness for the need for permanent homes and families for the children and youth in the foster care system. This year’s theme, “In Their Own Words: Lifting Up Youth Voices,” builds on last year’s theme of the adoption of teenagers in foster care, which is a persistent problem. Learning their stories can lead to empathy and a better understanding of the trials and triumphs of these youth.


It is no wonder that for the second year in a row teenagers are the focus for National Adoption Month, since they are the least likely to be adopted. Because of their age, teenagers are often overlooked, but they need a home just as much as any other child, and YOU can make a difference in their life. In today’s society, everything is fast paced and uncertain. For a teenager this can make life difficult and confusing. Providing a stable and secure environment, where one is able to love and feel loved, can make a world of difference in preparing someone for the challenges in the world today.

This might not be easy because as most parents will tell you, teenagers can be difficult. But this is not a negative, it is a positive. Helping someone who may feel like everyone has given up on them can be one of the most rewarding experiences ever.

The Ohio Adoption Photolisting Website 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

We all feel the fundamental need to love and be loved. To have someone to share our goals and aspirations with and to celebrate those special days. If you are interested in adoption, please consider adoption from the foster system.

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November is National Adoption Month

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.

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