NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH: PROMOTING AND SUPPORTING SIBLING CONNECTIONS - 2014

NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH: PROMOTING AND SUPPORTING SIBLING CONNECTIONS-2014

National Adoption Month is in November. This is a time to bring attention to more than 102,000 children and youth in foster care waiting for adoptive families. The Children's Bureau sponsors the National Adoption Month initiative through a partnership with AdoptUSKids and Child Welfare Information Gateway.

President Obama released this proclamation announcing National Adoption Month. The theme for this year's national initiative, "Promoting and Supporting Sibling Connections," pays tribute to the unique bond between siblings. The nurturing of the sibling bond is crucial for child development and adjustment and, for children entering care, being placed with their siblings can enhance their sense of well-being and provide natural, mutual support. The sibling relationship is lifelong and may outlive many other types of relationships in one's life. Joint sibling placements have also been determined to decrease the chance of instability in the placement and improve the well-being outcomes for children and youth. Visit the National Adoption Month website that offers a variety of resources for professionals, adoptive families, birth parents, adoptees, and youth