Adoption & Permanency Month

Since Court Adoption and Permanency Month was initiated in 1999, many individual California courts have dedicated specific adoption days in November—including Adoption Saturdays and Adoption Fridays—as well as other events, to clear their backlogs of adoption cases.
This November marks the 19th year that the Judicial Council has issued a Proclamation declaring November to be "Court Adoption and Permanency Month." The legislature joined in this effort with Assembly Concurrent Resolution Number 284 (Thurmond; Stats. 2018, ch. 216). National Adoption Month was also recognized federally with an emphasis on the immeasurable love and support that adoptive parents and families provide to hundreds of thousands of children each year and the continued need to find permanent families for children in foster care.

Each year in California alone, nearly half a million reports are made of child abuse and neglect, and approximately 21,000 children enter foster care for the first time. Currently, about 60,000 children in the state are living apart from their families in child welfare–supervised, out-of-home care. Forty percent of these children have been in foster care for more than two years; 8,300 children remain in "temporary" care after more than five years. Twenty-two percent of the youth in care are transitional age youth aged 16–20. Of the more than 28,000 children who were able to leave foster care in the calendar year ending December 31, 2017, 49 percent were reunited with their families, 24 percent were adopted, and 11 percent achieved permanence through legal guardianships, including nearly 1,400 in relative guardianships. Permanent placement of a child in a committed relationship intended to last a lifetime—with the child's family if that is possible or another loving family if it's not—is the goal of the juvenile court process. In proclaiming November Adoption and Permanency month, the Judicial Council acknowledges the ongoing efforts of California's juvenile courts and their justice partners to provide children and families with access to fair, understandable judicial proceedings leading to timely, well-informed, and just permanency outcomes.

For more information about adoption and permanency month visit the National Adoption Month website. The Children's Bureau, in partnership with AdoptUSKids and Child Welfare Information Gateway, supports National Adoption Month. This year, they are focusing on sharing the voices and perspectives of teenagers in foster care, and highlighting the efforts to secure lifelong connections for them, both legally and emotionally.