National Adoption Month and SPOTLIGHT Teen of the Month


Our SPOTLIGHT Teen of the Month feature recognizes a teen in foster care that is making a positive impact in their community.  This feature allows us to highlight the best in our young people and show that when given support and opportunity, youth can change the world. I created SPOTLIGHT Teen of the Month to eliminate negative stereotypes of youth in foster care and also to offer positive role models to youth in foster care. As I thinking about how to commemorate National Adoption Month I realized that SPOTLIGHT Teen of the Month can serve another purpose – serving as an additional introduction of young people awaiting adoption.  I hope that SPOTLIGHT Teen of the Month can help a teen find a forever family.


Here are five other ways to get involved:


  1. Become a foster parent.
  2. Donate to a foster care agency (public or private).
  3. Hire a young person in foster care.
  4. Mentor a young person in foster care.
  5. Tutor a teen in foster care.



Nicki Sanders, MSW, Chief Visionary Officer

The Teen Toolbox provides youth portfolio development and civic engagement and academic empowerment strategies to help teens set goals for life after high school and create a road map to reach those goals through its PACKAGED FOR SUCCESS™ Programs.



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