Each year in California alone, nearly half a million reports are made of child abuse and neglect, and approximately 25,200 children enter foster care for the first time. Currently, about 61,900 children in the state are living apart from their families in child welfare–supervised, out-of-home care. Thirty-eight percent of these children have been in foster care for more than two years; 8,900 children remain in "temporary" care after more than five years. Twenty-four percent of the youth in care are transitional age youth aged 16–20. Of the more than 29,600 children who were able to leave foster care in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, 52 percent were reunited with their families, 21 percent were adopted, and 7 percent were emancipated. 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 supporting the development of lifelong connections for thousands of older youth who face aging out of foster care.