November is National Adoption Awareness Month

Columbus, OH – All children deserve loving, permanent homes. That is the motivation behind the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s celebration of National Adoption Awareness Month — a nationwide campaign to encourage families throughout the United States and Canada to open their hearts and homes to children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted.

Today, more than 114,000 children in the U.S. foster care system are available for adoption. These children entered foster care through no fault of their own, as victims of child abuse, neglect or abandonment and their parents’ legal rights have been terminated.

Each year, more children enter the system than are adopted. The typical child who has been freed for adoption is at least 8 years old, moves three or more times in foster care, may have been separated from siblings, and will wait five years or more to be adopted. Tragically, tens of thousands will never be adopted and will leave the system at age 18 without families.

National Adoption Awareness Month, celebrated annually since 1990, works to increase the number of families willing to consider foster care adoption and celebrates the unique joys of creating families through foster care adoption.

“We believe every child deserves a permanent home and that is why we are actively encouraging people to consider foster care adoption,” said Rita Soronen, executive director of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. “Every child deserves a family and there is a critical need for Americans to become aware and involved. Everyone can make a difference – either by adopting a child from foster care or by supporting the work of agencies finding forever families for waiting children.”

For more information about foster care adoption, call the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption at 1-800-ASK-DTFA, or order the free booklet A Child Is Waiting: A Step-by-Step Guide to Adoption at davethomasfoundation.org.

About the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to dramatically increasing the adoptions of children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. Created by Wendy’s® founder Dave Thomas who was adopted as a child, the Foundation implements result-driven national signature programs, awareness initiatives and advocacy efforts. Visit www.DaveThomasFoundationForAdoption.org or call 1-800-ASK-DTFA (1-800-275-3832) to learn more.

CONTACT:
Rita Soronen, Executive Director
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
614-764-8482 or rita_soronen@davethomasfoundation.org

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