From a press release:
Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. While all adoption-related issues are important, the particular focus of this month is the adoption of children living in foster care. In North Carolina, nearly 10,000 children are part of the foster care system, including more than 2,000 children available and awaiting permanent adoptive families.
These children are in need of a family to love, nurture, and protect them. They come from a variety of backgrounds. Some have special needs, some are part of a sibling group, and many are older children or teenagers.
Often the public is unaware of these children and the realities of adoption. National Adoption Awareness Month provides organizations, including Children’s Home Society, with a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness. CHS has several initiatives occurring throughout November to help raise adoption awareness, including our searchable online database as well as free information sessions for those interested in learning more about foster care and adoption.
Online Adoption Database One key way CHS promotes adoption is through our online searchable database of waiting children at chsnc.org. This database can shorten the matching process for children by quickly connecting children with families interested in adoption. This database allows those interested in adoption to quickly, easily, and efficiently search for children who are waiting for a forever family.
Families can simply enter the characteristics of the child they are interested in and a list containing photographs and short biographies of matching children will be created. From there, families can view the children in greater detail by watching their “Stories From My Heart” video interviews. Social workers, DSS, and other placement agencies are also able to use the database to search for possible adoptive families.
You can access the database by visiting chsnc.org and clicking on “Meet Waiting Children.”
The CHS website contains a wealth of information to help families decide if adoption or foster care is right for them. The website also offers information about other programs—such as advice for birth parents considering adoption, information on upcoming parenting classes, and much more.