November is Adoption Awareness Month across Canada and the United States. Even though recruitment efforts are made year-round, during November families are encouraged to consider adopting a child.
The Nova Scotia government is actively encouraging Nova Scotians to adopt a child.
Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse said in a press release, "Last year 125 children and youth were welcomed with open arms and loving hearts into their new families. That is great news but there are still more children who find themselves in need of a caring, loving place to call home so I encourage all Nova Scotians who want to have children to consider adopting a child."
Concerning adoption, adopted 16-year-old, Sonja Dye said, "There are still some tough times but no matter what, I know Mom and Dad will always be there for me."
In Nova Scotia there are currently 160 children and young people waiting to be adopted into a loving home. Today, most children waiting to be adopted are school-aged but the ages range from infants to teenagers.
Sonja's mom Kelly Dye says, "Being the parent of an adopted child isn't always easy, but being a parent of any child isn't easy. However, it's been a very rewarding experience. Sonja is a gift to me and my family."
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption whose motivation is that all children deserve loving, permanent homes. is also very active in Canada and the U.S. during Adoption Awareness month which has been celebrated since 1990.
Rita Soronen, executive director of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption told PRWeb, “We believe every child deserves a permanent home and that is why we are actively encouraging people to consider foster care 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.”
In the U.S there are currently more than 114,000 children available for adoption says PRWeb with each year seeing more children entering the system than are adopted.
The average child in the U.S. that is available for adoption is 8 years old, has been moved from foster home to foster home at least three times, could have been separated from their siblings and may wait five years for an adoption leaving tens of thousands without a family by the time they leave foster care at the age of 18.