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National Adoption Month
The Caregiver Recruitment and Retention Unit within the Georgia Division of Family & Children Services seek your support and partnership in celebration of National Adoption Month. For the entire month of November, we desire to solicit the support of our communities to aid in our call to find forever families for our children available for adoption.
All parents make mistakes and being a good adoptive parent for teens doesn’t require perfection. Rather, it requires the very traits that many potential parents may not even know they already possess: time, stability, maturity, commitment, flexibility, compassion, a sense of humor, patience, a team player attitude, and the overall love of children.
Our theme for this year is: In Their Own Words: Lifting up Youth Voices to Promote Permanency for Older Youth. Hopefully, the items provided will make it easy and fun for you to participate in the national campaign and local programs statewide.
How Can You Help!
News articles – Reach out to local newspapers, magazine, community newsletters and ask them to feature a story about adoption in your county/region.
Radio interview – Have families tell their stories on local radio or run PSAs
Appreciation dinner – Community partners and churches will often sponsor these types of events
County commission meeting – Write your county commissioners and ask for them to proclaim National Adoption Month
Host a movie night- Show an adoption movie and ask families to bring a guest
Business newsletters – Contact businesses and ask if you can get an article or announcement in their next company newsletter to celebrate and promote adoption
Lunch ‘n learns – Schedule to present for a business club during lunch (use attached PowerPoint Presentation as your guide)
Fairs or festivals – Set up a booth but don’t forget child-specific recruitment
Local morning shows – Collaborate with a business or donor for advertising or have a representative promote adoptions
Billboards, bulletin boards, and displays – Use the Division’s “It’s My Turn Now Georgia” photo listing books, brochures and other adoption information at doctors’ offices, community events, fall festivals or employee bulletin boards
Library displays – Ask your local library to do a display of adoption books from their circulation and adoption materials that we provide
School recruitment – Present at PTA meetings, counselor meetings, staff meetings with teachers, cafeteria staff, custodians, bus drivers, etc.
Church recruitment – Host a prayer vigil, gospel festival, choir competition, announce during a service, have a “special “evening service, post in church bulletin or on bulletin boards
Banner/internet advertising – Post ads on family websites that celebrate and promote adoption of older youth or sibling groups
Personal interest parties – Encourage families to have interested parents attend a party in their homes or community center for a presentation on adoption
Community walk – Host a walk to raise awareness about the 300+ children who are still waiting for an adoptive family
Visual display – Assemble a display that represents the number of children in your county/region without an adoptive family
Throughout November, we’re encouraging adoptive parents and professionals to tweet, text and post short messages and videos online to share why they Adopted and spreading awareness. Use the attached social media sample posts and tweets to like and share posts that will be housed on agency pages.
Share one of our messages, tweet or post on your own social media page using any of the following hashtags:
For more information regarding activities in your region, please view the regional map here and contact the Resource Development Lead in your area.
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