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.