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 18th year that the Judicial Council has issued a Proclamation declaring "November Adoption and Permanency Month." The legislature joined in this effort with Assembly Concurrent Resolution Number 124 (Limón; Stats. 2017, ch. 193). Likewise, in a moving proclamation declaring November 2017 National Adoption Month, President Donald Trump acknowledged children waiting to find their forever family, as well as adoptive families, and the people who dedicate their careers to helping children achieve permanence.

Each year in California alone, nearly half a million reports are made of child abuse and neglect, and approximately 24,100 children enter foster care for the first time. Currently, about 60,900 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; 8,900 children remain in "temporary" care after more than five years. Twenty-three percent of the youth in care are transitional age youth aged 16–20. Of the more than 28,900 children who were able to leave foster care in the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016, 50 percent were reunited with their families, 23 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.

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