Making Lasting Change
National Adoption Month November 2011
National Adoption Month is celebrated during the month of November and is a time to celebrate and honor families while bringing awareness that there are approximately 107,000 children in foster homes waiting to be matched with an adoptive family. In 1976, the governor of Massachusetts, Michael Dukakis, announced an Adoption week for his state. Later that same year President Gerald Ford proclaimed that Adoption Week would be celebrated nationally. National Adoption Week was further extended by former President Bill Clinton, an adoptee, who declared adoption awareness deserved to be observed for an entire month and in 1990 National Adoption Week became National Adoption Month.
Thirty-five years after the first government-sanctioned dedication to the adoption community's needs, the community now has 30 days annually dedicated to publicly educating and raising awareness about issues facing the adoption community. The apex of National Adoption Month is on National Adoption Day, when the president delivers a proclamation of national goals and the importance of adoption to America and preserving family values. On this day, hundreds of adoptions are simultaneously finalized throughout the country.
This year, National Adoption Month's theme is "Making Lasting Change" for foster children in the formative years between eight and thirteen. There are roughly 107,000 adoptable children in the foster system in need of permanent placement outside of their biological household, and 8 to 13 is the most populated age range of foster children. It is therefore of the greatest need of attention, especially because older children available for adoption may have trouble being placed due to the percentage of prospective adopters seeking infant placements or those who may not understand or desire the benefits of adopting an older child. This is what makes National Adoption Month so important and why everyone, whether they think they're affected by the adoption community or not, should try to get involved in this year's National Adoption Month happenings. If you're already in an adoptive family, you may subtly celebrate adoption on a daily basis year round, but even then November is the perfect time to celebrate the role adoption plays in your family and to brainstorm ways to bring its effect into your community.
Our nation’s president Barack Obama in his proclamation stated, “During National Adoption Month, we celebrate the acts of compassion and love that unite children with adoptive families, and we rededicate ourselves to the essential task of providing all children with the comfort and safety of a permanent home.”
Five Acres will finalize their 50th adoption in 2012 and looks forward to building many more families through foster care adoption!