In honor of National Adoption Month this November, 62 members of the House of Representatives co-sponsored a bipartisan resolution bringing awareness to and supporting the goals and ideals of National Adoption Day and National Adoption Month. Currently, 114,000 children in foster care system are awaiting adoption, with 87,000 calling the system home, while 28,000 will age out without ever having had the support of a permanent family.
National Adoption Month and Day focuses on promoting awareness of adoption and the children in foster care awaiting families, celebrating children and families involved in adoption, recognizing current programs and efforts designed to promote adoption, and encouraging people in the United States to seek improved safety, permanency and well-being for all children.
Los Angeles Adoption Resources
Los Angeles County Department of Child Protective Services - the Adoption and Permanency Resources Division
Los Angeles branch of the federal government agency with mission to recruit, study, prepare and support families to provide healthy, stable, loving and permanent homes to children who cannot safely live with their birth parents.
For Perspective Adoptive Parents
California Kids Connections
California Kids Connection features California foster children who need permanent, loving, adoptive families.
Wednesday’s Child, sponsored by the Freddie Mac Foundation, is a weekly television feature about adoption that helps find permanent, loving, adoptive families for children in foster care. On the website one can view photolistings of waiting children from 5 metropolitan areas which host local Wednesday’s Child weekly features: Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.
The Heart Gallery- Los Angeles
Recognized as a national leader in promoting adoption, Heart Gallery provides a voice and a face for children in foster care across America. Collaborating with professional, often notable photographers, compelling photographs of children in foster care are displayed in traveling exhibits called Heart Galleries.
Support For Foster Youth and Adoptive Families
SHEIDS for Families
For more than 18 years, SHIELDS has helped vulnerable children and families succeed. For families affected by the child welfare system, we provide a full continuum of services—from prevention to adoption. Whether it is protecting a child from harm or supporting a family struggling to stay together, our programs ensure that children grow up in safe, nurturing homes.
Community Coalition- Kinship in Action
Kinship in Action works with Relative Caregivers to fight for funding, resources and services that these heroic grandparents, aunts, uncles and siblings need in order to raise these children.
Children's Bureau is committed to providing vulnerable children -- especially in the early years -- the foundation necessary to become caring and productive adults by preventing child abuse and neglect; protecting, nurturing and treating abused children; enhancing the potential of families and communities to meet the needs of their children and advancing the welfare of children and families through superior programs in foster care, adoptions, child development, parent education, mental health, research and advocacy.
Kinship Center is a California nonprofit agency that creates and supports permanent families for children through adoption, relative caregiving or other guardianship. Our commitment is to permanent rather than temporary solutions, as decades of research have shown that children need stable, permanent families in order to thrive.
An integrated web platform that combines group purchasing with a knowledge center and social media tools to address the 3 most commonly reported issues facing caregivers: 1) a lack of sufficient funding to cover basic needs (children’s food, clothing, school supplies and incidentals), 2) a lack of coordinated and consistent support, and 3) a lack of influence on their child’s future and on the system.