Youth Villages bring awareness to foster care during National Adoption Month

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (WDEF)- Even though we are over halfway through November, Foster Care agencies such as Youth Villages are still using National adoption month to highlight the need for foster parents.

 

General/National Stats:

·       National Adoption Month is an initiative to increase awareness and support for the thousands of children and youth in the U.S. foster care system.

·       Teenagers are less likely to be adopted, often because of their age, and are much more likely to age out of foster care without strong or stable family support.

·       Securing lifelong connections for teens in foster care, both legally and emotionally, is a critical component in determining their future achievement, health and well-being.

·       There are more than 122,000 children and youth waiting to be adopted who are at risk of aging out of foster care without permanent family connections.

 

Youth Villages:

Youth Villages is a national leader in children’s mental and behavioral health committed to building strong families, delivering effective services, and significantly improving outcomes for children, families and young people involved in child welfare and juvenile justice systems across the country. Founded in 1986, the organization’s 3,000 employees help more than 30,000 children annually across the U.S.

·       Youth Villages currently has over 124 children in need of a forever home.

·       Youth Villages’ adoption program began in 1999 as a natural extension of our treatment foster care program.

·       Fostering a child is the first step toward adoption. Many of our foster parents adopt the children in their homes when they become eligible for adoption in Tennessee.

·       80 total adoptions (July 2020- July 2021)

·       Some parents come to us with adoption as their immediate goal.

In Tennessee:

·       On average, there are approximately 8,000 children in foster care and around 350 children in full guardianship (available for adoption) in Tennessee who don’t have an identified adoptive home.

·       Approximately 1,000 children age out of care in Tennessee every year.

·       Approximately 80% of the children who are adopted from foster care in Tennessee are adopted by their foster parents.

Call to Action:

·       For more information or to get started, go to youthvillages.org/adopt or call 1-888-MY-YV-KID

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