November is National Adoption Month
Every Child is an affiliate agency of the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN), which serves children in the custody of county children and youth agencies. Our SWAN program provides services, free of charge, to families who have provided permanency through adoption, formal kinship, or legal guardianship. We assist the family to identify strengths, establish goals, and locate community resources for ongoing support. Below are some facts about the current state of adoption:
Below are some facts about adoption last year:
There were over 122,000 children and youth waiting to be adopted who were at risk of aging out of foster care without permanent family connections
More than half (52 percent) were male, and 48 percent were female
Regarding race and ethnicity, 22 percent were African American, 22 percent were Hispanic, and 44 percent were White
The average age was 8 years old, with 11 percent being between 15 and 18 years old
The average time in foster care was 31 months
Approximately one in five children in the U.S. foster care system waiting to be adopted were teens
Only 5 percent of all children adopted in 2019 were 15–18 years old
Teens in foster care have an increased risk of homelessness and human trafficking compared with younger children
Our Foster Care and Adoption team is nationally recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation with the Innovative Inclusion Tier of Recognition in their All Children, All Family initiatives. Our team is committed to delivering equitable and affirming services to ALL children, youth, and families. Now more than ever, achieving this level of recognition spotlights our dedication to ensuring the removal of anti-LGBTQ+ bias in the child welfare system in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Read more here!
How can you help?
Become a foster parent! The first step in becoming a foster parent is to attend an information session. Sign up for an upcoming session, here!