National Adoption Center
1500 Walnut Street, Suite #701
Philadelphia, PA 19102
October 4, 2016
Every Kid Deserves a Family is the theme of a public awareness campaign just launched by the National Adoption Center, a non-profit organization that expands adoption opportunities for children who now live in foster care.
The professionally produced messages have been distributed through social media and will begin airing on national television in November, 2016, marking the beginning of National Adoption Month.
They focus on what families mean to children and how it feels not to have a family. The children in the videos say, for example:
“If I’m sad, my family always hug me up…”
“My mom and dad keep me safe…”
“Family is togetherness and making sure that everybody feels connected…”
“Without my mom and dad, I would be crying. I wouldn’t feel special anymore…”
A seven-year-old asks plaintively, “Can you adopt me?”
More than 100,000 children in this country who live in foster care will not be able to return to their birth parents. They count on being adopted into a loving and nurturing family.
Most of these children are school-age; often they are siblings who need a home together. Some have physical or developmental challenges. Since 1972, the Center has helped create families for thousands of children who now have permanent parents making a difference in the way they grow up.