Adoptive Family Portrait Project

National Adoption Month and 15th Annual Adoptive Family Portrait Project



November 2019 is National Adoption Awareness Month &Annual Adoptive Family Portrait Project

Annual Adoptive Family Portrait Project

Every November, for National Adoption Awareness Month, Voice for Adoption (VFA) hosts a signature project called the Adoptive Family Portrait Project. Each year we celebrate families who have adopted children from foster care. The primary goal of the project is to raise awareness among members of Congress about the real experiences and needs of families that have adopted children who were in the foster care system. Families can join the project by clicking here.

For Members of Congress:

This November, Voice for Adoption (VFA) is providing an opportunity for members of Congress to celebrate the ways that adoption has touched the lives of their constituents. We invite you to participate in VFA's annual Adoptive Family Portrait Project, please click here to learn how to be involved. 


Voice For Adoption Family Portrait Project

Ways to Be Involved:

  • Identify an adoptive family to feature—VFA is looking for foster care adoptive families whose family portraits will be displayed in the Washington, DC office of their member of Congress. VFA will also ask for family’s adoption experiences in order to share an adoption story with members of Congress. VFA will match Senators and Representatives with a family from their home state or home district (for Representatives). Each participating family will receive a copy of our Adoptive Family Portrait Project booklet that features the families and Members of Congress that are involved. Click here to complete the family survey and join the project!
  • Encourage your members of Congress to participate—Please contact your Senators and Representatives to encourage them to be part of the Adoptive Family Portrait Project. Hearing from constituents will make it more likely that members of Congress will participate. Click here for a sample template for e-mailing your member of Congress about the project.
  • Sponsor our project—VFA has sponsorship opportunities for every budget, making it possible for individuals and organizations to provide financial support for this project. All sponsors will be acknowledged in the program booklet, and higher-level sponsors receive additional benefits, including featured recognition at the Capitol Hill reception. Contact VFA for a detailed list of sponsorship opportunities or click here.

14th Annual 2018

This event is an important opportunity to celebrate families who adopted from foster care in the U.S. In recognition of National Adoption Month, thank and celebrate all adoptive families throughout the country.

Nationally, this year's theme is "In Their Own Words: Lifting Up Youth Voices." Let us encourage everyone to elevate youth voice, and emphasize the importance of how to use their powerful insights to help shape the future of child welfare and adoption practice.

Across the United States each year there are thousands of older teens waiting to be adopted from foster care. Unfortunately, teenagers are less likely to be adopted, and are more likely to age out of foster care without strong family support.

Every child deserves a family and there is a critical need for all Americans to become aware and involved. Everyone can make a difference either by adopting a child from foster care or by supporting the work of agencies finding forever families for waiting children.

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, 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.

Help us spread the word about the unique challenges and opportunities facing older youth waiting for adoption during the month of November and throughout the year. We never outgrow the need for family, and everyone deserves to know that they belong. 

2018 Adoptive Family Portrait Project Magazine 2017 Adoptive Family Portrait Project Participating Members of Congress