There are over 120,000 children and teens in foster care in the U.S. who need loving, permanent forever families and nearly 900 in Kansas. These are children who have experienced abuse, neglect or other serious family challenges. During National Adoption Month in November, KVC Kansas is helping to facilitate 52 children’s adoptions throughout the state. On November 23, National Adoption Day, which is the Saturday before Thanksgiving, courthouses across the country will open to help families finalize their adoptions and grow in love.
Meet Youth Waiting for Families
The theme of this year’s National Adoption Month is “Youth Voices: Why Family Matters” which highlights how important adoption is to waiting teens. Approximately one in five children in U.S. foster care waiting to be adopted are teens, but only 5% of all children adopted in 2017 were 15-18 years old.
According to the most recent AFCARS report, of the 123,000 children and youth waiting to be adopted:
- 52% are male and 48% are female
- 22% are African American, 22% are Hispanic, and 44% are white
- The average age is eight years old
- 11% are between 15 and 17 years old
- Average time in foster care is 31 months
Since its beginning, KVC Kansas has facilitated 4,450 children’s adoptions and continues to facilitate 500+ children’s adoptions annually. KVC’s adoption work is done in partnership with the Kansas Department for Children and Families and Adopt KS Kids.
Interested in adopting? Click here to meet the youth currently waiting for their Forever Families!
2019 Courthouse Celebrations
Media representatives are invited to observe adoption finalizations and interview adoptive families at the times and locations below.
TOPEKA, KS – 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23
Shawnee County Courthouse
200 SE 7th St., Topeka, KS
OLATHE, KS – 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23
Johnson County Courthouse
100 N. Kansas Ave., Olathe, KS