Each year November marks National Adoption Month. The 2016 theme is, “We Never Outgrow the Need for Family,” with attention focused on thousands of older youth who face the potential of aging out of foster care.

Foster care and adoption advocates are spending November sharing the hashtags #AdoptionMonth and #NAM2016 on social media alongside success stories of adopting older youth along as well as tips, tools and information on how to get started in the adoption process.

National Adoption Month is an initiative that began in 1976 when Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis announced an Adoption Week to educate others about the need for adoptive. In 1984, President Reagan proclaimed the first National Adoption Week in November, and approximately 10 years later President Clinton expanded Adoption Awareness Week to the entire month of November.