Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. While all adoption-related issues are important, the particular focus of this month is the adoption of children currently in foster care.
The first major effort to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for children in the foster care system occurred in Massachusetts. In 1976, then-Governor Mike Dukakis proclaimed Adoption Week and the idea grew in popularity and spread throughout the nation. President Gerald Ford made the first National Adoption Week proclamation, and in 1990, the week was expanded to a month due to the number of states participating and the number of events.
During the month, states, communities, public and private organizations, businesses, families, and individuals celebrate adoption as a positive way to build families. Across the nation, activities and observances such as recognition dinners, public awareness and recruitment campaigns, and special events spotlight the needs of children who need permanent families. It also includes National Adoption Day, traditionally a Saturday, which is observed in courthouses across the nation as thousands of adoptions are finalized simultaneously.
If you are interested in adopting visit a site like Lifetime Adoptions!
- National Adoption Center Wants You To Think About It
- Kym Whitley: “I Always Say Adoption Around Him” [VIDEO]
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Celebrities Who Have Been Adopted Or Who Have Adopted
1. Choosing Your Family1 of 17
2. Rosario Dawson2 of 17
3. Nelson Mandela3 of 17
4. Mary Louise Parker4 of 17
5. Sandra Bullock5 of 17
6. Madonna6 of 17
7. Viola Davis7 of 17
8. Charlize Theron8 of 17
9. Brangelina9 of 17
10. Rachel Crow10 of 17
11. Connor & Tom Cruise11 of 17
12. Marilyn Monroe12 of 17
13. Jamie Foxx13 of 17
14. Eartha Kitt14 of 17
15. Steve Jobs15 of 17
16. Reverend Jesse Jackson16 of 17
17. Bill Clinton17 of 17