As we all prepare to celebrate the holidays, we want to take a moment to give thanks to the extraordinarily generous organizations and individuals who support our efforts. The news for children and youth in foster care is not good; in fact the number’s keep rising. In Philadelphia alone, there are 6,000 kids in foster care and not nearly enough families to foster or adopt them. Our vision is that every child that cannot be raised by his/her family of origin has a right to be adopted into a loving, nurturing family.
We always enjoy bringing you up-to-date about what’s happening in the adoption world. Now we’re especially pleased to give you a front row seat on exciting changes we’ve made that will influence how we work with children and families.
You’ll see new branding: a new look and logo, a clear mission—to increase the number of children in foster care who move into adoptive families—and a vision that reflects the best of our achievements during the past 46 years and all that we want to accomplish in the future.
Jennifer and Jillian are teen sisters that we started to work with in 2017. From the start, Jillian was completely opposed to adoption while her sister was very open to adoption. The family that was fostering them wanted to adopt the sisters, but Jillian did not want to be a permanent member of this family while Jennifer was open to the idea.
National Adoption Month is a time where we celebrate adoption from the foster care system. We have many exciting things planned - so keep tuning in all month to see what is coming up next!
For more about the origins of National Adoption Month, check out the Children's Bureau fine website.
On Saturday March 17th we had the opportunity to co-sponsor our first match event of the year with SWAN (Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network). This Philadelphia-based match event focused on older children (10+). We returned to beautiful Citizens Bank Park, home of the Phillies for an eventful day. We had a wonderful turnout of children and families. Most of the youth and families arrived feeling excited and a bit nervous. This mixture of feelings is normal for an event such as this one.
Our most generous long-term relationship is with Wendy’s, an organization whose values highlight "Give something back". With them, you can support our work by going into your local Philadelphia-area Wendy’s and buying a key tag for $2. This entitles you to a FREE Jr. Frosty with each purchase throughout all of 2018 and proceeds benefit NAC. This fundraising vehicle has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the National Adoption Center over the years. Sales of the key tags, which began January 1, runs through March 4th.
Hello everyone! My name is Sami Rovins, and I recently joined the National Adoption Center’s team as an Administrative Assistant. I am thrilled to be assisting in the planning and implementation of three Matching Events for older youth to meet potential adoptive families in the state of Pennsylvania!
Hi everyone! My name is Naomi Goldberg, and I am excited to say that I am completing an internship with the National Adoption Center! I am a senior Human Development & Family Studies major from Pennsylvania State University. The HDFS program has helped me quickly realize my interests in human service organizations, counseling, advocacy work, and social work. Post-graduation I hope to get my MSW, and work with youth in foster care specifically targeting professional development and independence skills.
Did you know? Adoption matching events bring results! Last June, at our National Adoption Center/SWAN Western Pennsylvania matching event, two youth connected with families that attended.
As we prepare to go into the second half of our fiscal year, we have a great deal to be proud of. The National Adoption Center will celebrate its 46th anniversary in 2018 and in that time we’ve found forever families for more than 24,000 children who would otherwise have languished in foster care. We continue to be a leader in adoption technology and have recently held a series of child welfare roundtables to help us understand even better how technology can help to get more children adopted.