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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Charity Navigator Highlights Charities For Adoption Awareness Month


Adoption Awareness Month is a time to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for children in the foster care system. In 1990, after several decades of Adoption Week across the country, the week became a month.There are over 110,000 children who are available for adoption in the U.S. foster care system. More children enter the system every year than are adopted, and tens of thousands of children will never be adopted — leaving the system without families.


This month encourages families to open their homes and hearts to consider foster care adoption. This year, the theme is “Teens Need Families, No Matter What.” By focusing on the teenagers in foster care, the conversation is working to secure lifelong connections for these teens, who are often, because of their age, less likely to be adopted.


Find a list of highly-rated organizations working to support the children in the foster care system.


Finding forever families for children in foster care

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is America's only nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for the 110,000 children waiting in foster care to be adopted. We are driven by Dave's vision: to make sure every child has a permanent and loving family. In our unwavering pursuit of this goal, we provide funds to adoption agencies that hire specially-trained adoption recruiters whose sole mission is to find permanent, loving families for the children most at risk of aging out of foster care without being adopted. We increase awareness across the nation about waiting children and the process to adopt. We raise funds to support our awareness and advocacy programs. We offer free resources to professionals, and prospective and adoptive parents. Because we depend on people like you to help us fulfill our mission, please visit davethomasfoundation.org, or call 1-800-ASK-DTFA to find out how you can help.


For Every Child… A Place to Call Home

Founded in 1989, the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition strives to create permanency in foster children's lives by recruiting and retaining foster/adoptive families. The Coalition is one of the area's largest recruiters of foster/adoptive homes because of our partnerships with the local media, including KSDK and 13 local newspapers. The Coalition also offers support to parents, including support groups, training, 24-hour crisis intervention, advocacy, newsletters, two resale shops, and the Little Wishes program. The Coalition consists of 38 member agencies, including the area's most-respected public and private agencies. The Coalition's staff is made up of foster/adoptive parents and child welfare professionals with a broad range of expertise.


Connecting children and families since 1983

The Adoption Exchange is a child welfare organization founded in 1983 to work for safety and permanence in the lives of foster children. Initially an exchange point for caseworkers to discuss placement of children with families seeking to adopt in the Rocky Mountain region, the organization has grown considerably over the years. Today, The Adoption Exchange works to create a world where every waiting child finds a permanent family. Through rigorous collaboration with state, federal and other relevant agencies, The Adoption Exchange focuses on innovative child-specific strategies that provide vibrant pre- and post-adoption services that speed waiting children to caring and loving relationships that last. Since its inception, the agency has connected over 8,000 waiting children with loving adoptive homes. Headquartered in Colorado, The Adoption Exchange offices operate in Utah, New Mexico, and Nevada. Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming are also participating member states.


Lifesong for Orphans
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Bringing joy and purpose to orphans

Lifesong for Orphans seeks to mobilize the Church, His body, where each member can provide a unique and special service: some to adopt, some to care, some to give. A struggling business, a simple vow to further God's Kingdom, and many divine encounters. These would be used as catalysts to begin, what is now, Lifesong for Orphans. With a family culture and a heart for the world's fatherless, Lifesong for Orphans offers adoption financial assistance, foster care support, church and ministry partnerships, and international orphan care by serving advocates who help carry out this work of bringing joy and purpose to orphans.


Treehouse, Washington
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Giving foster kids a childhood and a future

Treehouse is Washington's leading nonprofit organization addressing the essential education and enrichment needs of kids in foster care. The youth Treehouse serves struggle against tremendous odds: backgrounds of abuse and neglect, parental substance abuse, low incomes, and moves from foster home to foster home while in the care of the state. Treehouse helps 8,000 kids in foster care each year through programs that help them succeed in school, fulfill key material needs, and provide important childhood experiences every child deserves. Treehouse is dedicated to closing the achievement gap between foster children and their peers, and has set an ambitious goal that foster youth in King County will graduate from high school at the same rate as their peers with a plan for their future by 2017. Treehouse gives foster kids a childhood and a future. 


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A Home for Every Child

For over 90 years, Amara has been providing services to families and children. Throughout our history we have developed pioneering programs to meet the changing needs of our community's children, youth and families. Our mission is to create and support stable, loving homes for vulnerable children. And our vision and wish for the future is "A Home for Every Child." Amara is an independent, nonprofit in the State of Washington and was formerly known as Medina Children's Services. Amara facilitates between 70 and 90 adoptions annually.

Written by Sara Nason, Marketing Manager at Charity Navigator.

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