Adoptive Family Portrait Project

15th Annual Adoptive Family Portrait Project 2019

Voice For Adoption held its annual Adoptive Family Portrait Project Briefing and National Adoption Month Celebration on Wednesday, November 13th, 2019. This years theme was “Family means no one gets left behind”. Families are a team and each member should be valued. No child is too old or too traumatized to be adopted. No child should be left behind from by going back into the system and no family should struggle or fall apart when adoption services could keep them together.

This event allowed us to celebrate and honor families from across the nation who have adopted from foster care and honor individuals, organizations, and members of Congress who have been champions to the children and families affected by the foster care system. This event also aims to educate members of Congress on the need support and reform in the foster care and adoption systems during National Adoption Month. 

This year, we had 47 participating adoptive families, and 47 members of Congress from states all across the United States. Attendees included Nevada’s Congresswoman Susie Lee (https://susielee.house.gov/media/press-releases/rep-susie-lee-meets-constituents-adoptive-family-national-adoption-month-event), Puerto Rico’s Congresswoman Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon, 6 participating adoptive families, board members, and various related organizations.

Securing lifelong connections for teens in foster care, both legally and emotionally, is a critical component in determining their future achievements, health, and well-being. Through adoption, both young and older youth are connected to a family that can provide a sense of stability, lasting connections, and guidance with important life obstacles. Every child, regardless of age, deserves the love and stability that a family can offer.

Every child - no matter their age -  deserves the love and stability that a family can offer. While more than 125,000 children and teens wait and almost 20,000 age out of care without finding a family, we must maintain our fight against efforts to discriminate against certain types of prospective adoptive families based on their sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, or marital status and strive to build stable, loving, lasting connections and guidance to prospective and current families and children involved in the adoption and foster care systems.