MENTOR Foster Care, a provider of foster care services and part of the Sevita family, is celebrating National Adoption Month this November. National Adoption Month serves as a reminder of the bonds that form through adoption and the importance of providing children with loving, forever homes. The month honors the significance of family and the diversity of families and the paths which bring them together. It also raises awareness of the many children in need and encourages prospective families to learn more.
Currently, there are over 390,000 children in foster care. Of those, the average age is around eight years old. However, children come from many different age groups and can be anywhere from infants to young adults up to 20 years old. They also come from many different backgrounds, situations, and needs and deserve a loving and caring home. Oftentimes, foster care becomes the pathway to permanent adoption, known as foster care adoption.
Foster care adoption differs from the temporary foster care system it represents a stable, reliable placement for children and teens in care and provides them with long-term support when reunification with parents is not an option.
Fostering and adoption make long-term positive impacts when children are placed in a safe, loving home. For kids, benefits include trust building, educational support and growth, increased social and emotional skills, more positive longer-term outcomes, and more. Additional information on the benefits of foster care can be found here.
The number of children adopted from foster care in FY 2021 was 54,240, a 6% decrease from the year prior (FY 2020) and over an 18% decrease from FY 2019. Additional foster families are needed as many children await their forever homes. Sevitas Mentor Foster Care programs help foster parents provide an environment where children can thrive. Interested individuals can find a complete guide to becoming a foster parent and how Sevita can support you through the journey here.
This National Adoption Month, Sevita and its Mentor Foster Care programs celebrate all foster families supporting children across the country and hopes to inspire others to join in its effort to support the youth who need it most. And for those who have adopted children, through foster care or elsewhere, Sevita shares seven ways to celebrate this month.
MENTOR Foster Care is part of the Sevita family and has been a trusted provider of foster care services since 1980, when it first began offering services as Massachusetts MENTOR. Today, Mentor Foster Care supports thousands of youth and families in nine U.S. states. Our unique model of foster care places children in loving homes with foster parents who support their healing and growth. Services are tailored to each childs needs and may include trauma-focused counseling services, family and community activities, case management, life skill building, and skill development and support for foster parents. With the support of a clinical team, case managers, and other supportive staff, foster parents help youth with a wide range of challenges heal after trauma and set a hopeful path for their lives. Learn more at sevita.us/foster.
Sevita is a leading provider of community-based specialized health care, inspired by our core values of respect, integrity, inclusion and growth. We provide people with quality services and individualized supports that lead to growth and independence, despite the physical, intellectual, or behavioral challenges they face. Weve made this our mission for more than 50 years. Today our team members continue to innovate and enhance care for the 50,000+ individuals we serve.
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