National Adoption Month Reminds Us Home is Where the Heart is

parrish_adoptionThere are more than 400,000 children in American foster care right now. Over 100,000 of them are waiting to be adopted. In honor of National Adoption Month, Children’s Rights salutes each of the inspiring adoptive families that stands up and fights to make sure that’s not the end of the story.

Families come in all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s with their birth parents, relatives or in foster or adoptive homes — kids need families to be loved and protected.

National Adoption Month is about celebrating families who do just that. Families like the Winners, who have adopted six beautiful girls through the New Jersey foster care system. Families like the Rudolphs from Milwaukee, who have opened their doors and their hearts to three young children in foster care. And families like the Parrishes (pictured above), who have given a bright future to the three New Jersey brothers they adopted.

This year, the Ad Council — along with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families and AdoptUSKids — has launched a new set of PSAs focused on recruiting new prospective families to adopt. The theme? “You don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent.”

We encourage you to check out and share those fun and inspiring ads, and to watch Children’s Rights’ short film below, which reveals the brighter side of Children’s Rights efforts — what is possible when foster care systems work the way they’re supposed to. Children’s Rights works tirelessly to reform foster care so there are more stories like the ones you are about to see.

Happy National Adoption Month!