CAF Celebrates National Adoption Month

November 1, 2017 – CAF is proud to celebrate National Adoption Month throughout the month of November! Our goals are to bring attention to the need for permanent families for children with thalassemia both in the U.S. and globally, to provide the greater community with resources and information on thalassemia adoption, and to share the stories and perspectives of adoptive families. We hope you are inspired by their journeys!

How Significant is Thalassemia Community Adoption in the U.S.?

At the current time, 12% of thalassemia patients in CAF’s U.S. Patient Database have been adopted from other countries. The vast majority of these adoptions come from China, although there are families that have adopted children with thalassemia from Vietnam, India, Afghanistan, Greece, Albania and other countries. Many of these families have adopted more than 1 child with thalassemia: 21 of the adoptive families we are in contact with have adopted 2 children with thalassemia, 3 families have each adopted 3 children with thalassemia, and one family has adopted 4 children with thalassemia.

History of National Adoption Month

National Adoption Month has been recognized in the U.S. since 1995. It began as a White House initiative in collaboration with of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to promote the use of the internet to match children in foster care with adoptive families. Over the past two decades, this initiative has contributed to the growth of a strong network of adoption communities throughout the country. CAF is proud to be a part of that network, and we are committed to providing resources and support for the thalassemia adoption community.

Thalassemia Adoption Stories

Waiting Children

Check the CAF website throughout November for interviews with adoptive families, FAQs about adoption, and resources available to those going through the process of adopting a child with thalassemia.

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