NATIONAL ADOPTION CAMPAIGN

There are more than 126,000 children in the United States languishing in foster care, despite being available for adoption. The National Adoption Campaign is a call to action to encourage prospective adoptive parents to open their hearts and minds to the possibility of adopting a child from foster care, and to increase organizational capacity to support prospective adoptive families throughout the adoption process.

The Campaign consists of three major components:

  • An annual one-hour television special on CBS, "A Home for the Holidays," which features celebrities, musicians, adoptive families, and waiting children who share their personal stories;
  • National Adoption Day when an unprecedented number of courts across the country open their doors to finalize the adoption of hundreds of children from foster care and to celebrate and honor all families that adopt. Thousands of children, parents, volunteer lawyers, adoption professionals and child advocates come together on this special day;
  • The Los Angeles Adoption Initiative is an effort spearheaded by CAN, devoted to placing increased numbers of children in adoptive homes. It is designed to address three key areas in adoption; recruitment of adoptive parents, retention of adoptive parents and support for adoptive families.

The goals of the initiative are two-fold:

  • To recruit additional families for waiting children using innovative community outreach.
  • To retain and support adoptive families by providing comprehensive and ongoing support services.