New PSAs Aim to Increase Adoption of Teenagers from Foster Care

New PSAs Aim to Increase Adoption of Teenagers from Foster Care


WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — To promote the adoption of teenagers from foster care, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), AdoptUSKids and the Ad Council are unveiling a new series of multimedia public service advertisements (PSAs). Today, more than 33,000 teenagers await adoption from the U.S. foster care system. Nearly 50 percent (14,000) are between the ages of 14 and 16.

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These new PSAs are part of the Adoption from Foster Care campaign launched in 2004. Since the launch of the campaign more than 15,000 children have been placed with a permanent family.

“Families give children support, stability and confidence in the future,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “We are looking for prospective parents who can provide the stability and security that children in foster care need and deserve.”

The new television, radio, print, outdoor and digital PSAs end with the tagline: “You don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent.” The goal is to reassure prospective parents that even if they are not “perfect,” they have the potential to make a positive impact on a child’s life. This year, a special emphasis is placed on recruiting families for 14 to 16 year olds.

The PSAs direct audiences to visit or to call 1-888-200-4005 (English) or 1-877-236-7831 (Spanish) to receive the latest information about the foster care system and the adoption process.

The campaign’s reach will be extended on social media by featuring “Oh, Parents” moments– the genuine and often hilarious stories of imperfection that all parents experience. Prospective parents and supporters are invited to join the conversation and share their own humorous mishaps of parenting through social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

“We are hopeful this campaign’s focus on recruiting families for 14 to 16 year olds will increase the chances that the 1,700 youth in this age range currently featured on will be placed for adoption,” said Kathy Ledesma, national project director, AdoptUSKids.

The new PSA content was created pro bono by kbs+. “The notion that you don’t have to be perfect to be a loving parent is a universal truth, and we couldn’t be more proud to help support this message,” said Izzy Debellis, Co-Chief Creative Officer, Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners (kbs+). “As an agency, but especially as advocates of the cause, we are thrilled to be part of it.”

“We’re pleased to continue this tremendously successful campaign with HHS and AdoptUSKids through these new, light-hearted PSAs by kbs+,” said Peggy Conlon, president & CEO of the Ad Council. “Out of all of the Ad Council’s PSA campaigns, the call to action for our Adoption from Foster Care campaign is perhaps one of the largest– to ask Americans to open their hearts and homes to a teen. But, it is also one of the most important and gratifying, and we know that our partners in the media will continue to support such a worthwhile cause.”

Since July 2004, the Ad Council has partnered with ACF, AdoptUSKids and kbs+ on a national multimedia campaign to encourage the adoption of children from foster care. Since its launch the campaign has received more than $341 million in donated media support across television, radio, print, outdoor and digital media. Per the Ad Council model, the new PSAs will run and air in advertising time and space that is donated by the media.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families

Within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is the agency that is responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. The Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) administers national programs for children and youth; works with states, Tribes, and local communities to develop services that support and strengthen family life; seeks joint ventures with the private sector to enhance the lives of children and their families; and provides information and other assistance to parents. Many of the programs administered by ACYF focus on children from low-income families; abused and neglected children; children and youth in need of foster care, independent living, adoption or other child welfare services; preschool children; children with disabilities; runaway and homeless youth; and children from Native American and migrant families. For more information on ACF’s adoption programs, please visit .


AdoptUSKids is a multi-faceted, federally funded project whose mission is to raise public awareness about the need for families for children in foster care, and assist States, Territories and Tribes to recruit and retain foster and adoptive families and connect them with children. The project is managed through a cooperative agreement with the Children’s Bureau at ACF.


kirshenbaum bond senecal + partners is an integrated creative advertising and marketing services organization. It creates modern engagement platforms that drive transformational growth for its clients. The organization’s team of creative entrepreneurs is dedicated to discovering breakthrough opportunities that will make an impact on the market place and influence culture. It invests in the future through kbs+ventures and with an inventor culture centered on making things that matter. For more information on kbs+, a member of the MDC Partners Network, please visit

The Advertising Council

The Ad Council is a non-profit organization with a rich history of marshalling volunteer talent from the advertising and media industries to deliver critical messages to the American public. Having produced literally thousands of PSA campaigns addressing the most pressing social issues of the day, the Ad Council has effected, and continues to effect, tremendous positive change by raising awareness, inspiring action, and saving lives. To learn more about the Ad Council and its campaigns, visit For more information, please visit You can also visit or follow the Ad Council on Twitter @AdCouncil.

SOURCE The Ad Council

New PSAs Aim to Increase Adoption of Teenagers from Foster Care