Going through the foster care system means much more than being separated from your parents. It means moving between 1-2 homes per year. It means losing 4-6 months of academic progress with every change of school. It means that important friendships become impossibly difficult to maintain.

And that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface.

November is National Adoption Month. While a permanent home won’t erase the trauma a child has suffered, it unequivocally makes managing the fallout considerably easier. As of last October, only 41 children have been adopted in Bergen County out of the 400+ who have had to be removed from their home.

23,000 more young people across the country, age out of the foster care system every year without getting adopted. After turning 18, 20 percent of these youths will instantly become homeless. Only 1 out of 2 will find a form of beneficial employment by age 24 and only 3 percent will earn a college degree.

The need for adoption is paramount and not just throughout the country or even the state, but in our very own backyard. Throughout this month we encourage elected officials, community leaders, businesses, and you to celebrate adoption as a positive way to build families. Additionally, we encourage you to support our incredible advocates, who work tirelessly to move their children towards adoption from the moment parental rights are terminated.