Adoption from Foster Care

There are 118,000 children in the U.S. foster care system currently awaiting adoption. This campaign specifically spotlights the need to find permanent families for teens, who have lower overall adoption rates and wait longer to be adopted than younger children. More than 43% of all children available for adoption on are between the ages of 15 to 18 years old, but this age group represents only 5% of all adoptions in 2016. Teens need the love of a caring parent to support them during their teen and adult years—from their first date to their first job. The campaign vividly demonstrates that "you don't have to be perfect to be a perfect parent" for teens in foster care—they'll love you just the way you are. The humorous, lighthearted PSAs aim to reassure prospective parents that even if they are not “perfect,” they can provide the stability and security that teens in foster care need and deserve.

Sponsor: AdoptUSKids, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau

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