November is National Adoption Month Posted on October 24, 2022November 29, 2022 Did you know the Lutheran Service Society has provided foster and adoptive services in Western Pennsylvania for over 100 years? November has been designated National Adoption Month by The United States Children’s Bureau. The purpose of the campaign is to increase national awareness of adoption issues by bringing attention to the need for adoptive families for teens in the foster care system. The initiative began as National Adoption Week in 1984, as proclaimed by President Reagan. President Clinton then proclaimed the first National Adoption Month in 1995. Nationally there are over 117,000 children and youth waiting to be adopted who are at risk of aging out of foster care without permanent family connections. Did you know? • More than half (52 percent) were male, and 48 percent were female. • The three races or ethnicities with the largest percentages of children waiting were White (44 percent), Hispanic (23 percent), and Black or African American (22 percent). • The average age is 8 years old. • More than one in five children waiting to be adopted were teens. • The average time in foster care is approximately 33 months. In Pennsylvania, there are approximately 14,000 children in the foster care system. In 2021, Lutheran Service Society provided adoption and foster care services to 208 children and families. With over a 100 years of foster and adoption services and serving all of Western PA, Lutheran Service Society can help guide you and your family down a path to change a life. “We need the help of people like you, to provide these children the opportunity to grow and thrive in the security of a family’s love,” said Sarah Israel, Administrator, Lutheran Service Society To learn more, visit Lutheran Service Society website or call us at 412-307-1770.