Characters Unite

characters welcome

Foster Care & Adoption

PSA Transcript

Hi. I am Willie Garson. On White Collar my character Mozzie’s journey as an orphan helped shape the character he became.

Today in America a hundred and fifteen thousand foster children are waiting, just like a young Mozzie, for the support and love of an adoptive family.

This is my adopted son Nathan. Through adoption, awareness or your donations you too can make a difference. Go to charactersunite.com and find out more.

Take Action

  • Educate Yourself and Inform Others

    Access tools to raise awareness of foster care adoption as well as free educational resources, including guides for all parents and prospective parents considering adoption, from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

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  • Volunteer Your Time

    Volunteer your time by mentoring a child, becoming a host parent, advocating for a child’s adoption or donating your services to children in need through Kidsave International.

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  • Connect with an Adoption Agency

    Find an adoption information meeting in your neighborhood and access a range of adoption services provided by the Alliance for Children, a private nonprofit adoption agency.

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  • For LGBT Prospective Parents

    The Human Rights Campaign, through their All Children – All Families (ACAF) initiative, offers adoption resources and advocacy for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender parents. ACAF seeks to enhance LGBT cultural competence among child welfare professionals and educate LGBT people about opportunities to become foster or adoptive parents to waiting children.

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The Facts

  • Of the nearly 115,00 children waiting for adoption, 30 percent are Black Non-Hispanic, 38 percent are White Non-Hispanic, 22 percent are Hispanic, 2 percent are American Indian/Alaskan Native, 6 percent two or more Races Non-Hispanic and 2 percent unable to determine. 53% are male and 47% female. Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children's Bureau; Preliminary FY 2009 estimates, as of July 2010.
  • The average age of children waiting for an adoptive family is 9; although children waiting to be adopted from foster care range in age from birth to 18 years old. Source: National Foster Care Adoption Attitudes Survey, November 2007

Foster Care & Adoption

All children from all walks of life deserve a safe, caring and loving family. But in America today, more than 400,000 kids are in foster care and nearly 115,000 are waiting to be adopted.*

* U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children's Bureau; Preliminary FY 2009 estimates, as of July 2010.