Adoption from Foster Care Campaign Background

This year's Adoption from Foster Care campaign specifically focuses on the adoption of teens, who generally wait longer to be adopted and have lower overall adoption rates. Of the 428,000 youths under the age of 18 in the U.S. foster care system, 112,000 are currently waiting for adoptive families. 43% of all children available for adoption on AdoptUSKids.org are 15 to 18 years old, but only 5% of all children adopted in 2015 were between the ages of 15 to 18 years old.

This campaign employs humor to reassure parents that they are perfect for the seemingly challenging task of adopting a teen from foster care. The latest PSAs parody the iconic pregnancy guide, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, to feature scenarios of well-intentioned parents attempting to offer step-by-step parenting tutorials for new parents of teens (teen-proofing a home, waking up a teen, etc.). These relatable bonding moments reassure potential parents that teens in foster care don't need perfection; they need the support, security, and love that a permanent family can provide.

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Campaign Fact Sheet

One-page fact sheet includes background information and historical context for the Adoption from Foster Care campaign.

Campaign Talking Points (English)

Review this document to familiarize yourself with key facts, statistics, and information about both the issue and the campaign.

Campaign Talking Points (Spanish)

Review this document to familiarize yourself with key facts, statistics, and information about both the issue and the campaign.

Characteristics Analysis

Going Beyond Recruitment (for Sibling Groups)

Going Beyond Recruitment (for Siblings)

Talking with Older Youth About Adoption

Report detailing the demographic breakdown of children and youth 11 to 17 years old photolisted on the AdoptUSKids website.

Document providing valuable tools and information to aid in the recruitment of prospective adoptive families for older sibling group youth in the foster care system.

Document providing valuable tools and information to aid in the recruitment of prospective adoptive families for older siblings in the foster care system.

Tip sheet providing framework for how to talk with older youth about permanency, and offering tangible tips and suggestions on ways to make these conversations more effective and meaningful

CONTACT

Have a question? For more information email Melissa Otero, AdoptUSKids Marketing and Communications Director, at motero@adoptuskids.org.