GEORGIA — In Georgia, approximately 3,700 older teenagers in foster care face a future without stable and caring families to guide them into adulthood. Yet, studies show that having a close relationship with a caring adult is critical at every age.

This year, National Adoption Month's theme is "Engage Youth: Listen and Learn." The U.S. Children's Bureau and its partners will share resources on engaging youth to participate in their case planning. This empowering practice can improve outcomes and lead to greater opportunities for success in their lives.

The U.S. Children's Bureau urges all communities to remain steadfast in their commitment to achieving permanency for older youth, even when they appear resistant or hesitant to consider their options.

Christian, who was separated from his brother when he came into care, is now thriving as a 20-year-old welding student. Christian is an excellent example of what can bloom from a strong family unit. Facing many challenges growing up, Christian now has a family who advocates for him, allows him to express himself, and provides an abundance of love. Although he may need a little reassurance, Christian understands that he has a sense of purpose and belonging with the Jordan family. Christian also continues to advocate for other teens in care.

National Adoption Month is recognized annually in November throughout the nation to raise awareness about the urgent need for adoptive families for children and youth in foster care.

To learn more about how to support National Adoption Month, visit the website. For more information on the Division's activities, visit #NationalAdoptionMonth #YouthVoice

About Georgia DFCS
DFCS administers foster care for children removed from their homes for their protection when they have been subjected to abuse and neglect. It is responsible for the investigation of reports of child abuse; recruitment of foster homes for abused and neglected children; issuance of SNAP, Medicaid, TANF and childcare assistance to low-income families; assistance for out-of-work parents to help them get back on their feet as well as multiple support services and programs to help families in need.