November Is National Adoption Month!

November 5th, 2009

child - National Adoption MonthRight now there are approximately 130,000 kids in foster care programs throughout the United States. These children are hoping to find a place they can call home, and people to call family.

Adults all over the country are attempting to expand their families by adopting a young person from a foster home. The process can be difficult and time consuming, but the end result brings joy to so many lives. It is a progression that is celebrated every November as National Adoption Month. This years’ theme is “Answering the Call – You don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent. There are thousands of teens in foster care who would love to put up with you.”

This celebration has earned the attention of the President. In October, Barack Obama recognized National Adoption Month with a Presidential proclamation. The document asserts that “During National Adoption Month, we honor those families that have strengthened America through adoption, and we recommit to reducing the number of children awaiting adoption into loving families.”

National Adoption Month’s origins trace back to 1976 when then-Governor Michael Dukakis established an Adoption Week in Massachusetts. President Gerald Ford became aware of this endeavor, and announced that the week would be recognized on a national level. By 1990 the event was expanded to a full month, and at the center of it all is National Adoption Day.

Saturday, November 21, 2009 will be National Adoption Day. It’s a day when law makers, judges, families and other adoption advocates work together to try and finalize as many adoptions as possible. 2009 marks the 10-year anniversary of this special occurrence and the goal is to find permanent homes for children in every state. You can learn more about National Adoption Day here.

At PeopleFinders we celebrate families of all types, and we honor the people who open their lives and share their hearts and homes with foster children. The process of adoption is all about the right people finding each other and making a connection. That is our focus too; we are dedicated to helping people find other people. So to all those participating in, promoting and celebrating National Adoption Month, we say thank-you.

A family can be whatever you choose to make it. This November, and all throughout the year, there are families of every kind who help make America the great country it is. May you and your loved ones enjoy a safe and prosperous Adoption Month this November, and thank you for reading the People Finders People Search blog.

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