Tuesday, November 1, 2011

National Adoption Month

For those of you that may not know, November is National Adoption Month.

This year's National Adoption Month initiative targets adoption professionals by focusing on ways to recruit and retain parents for the 107,000 children and youth in foster care waiting for adoptive families.

The first major effort to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for children in foster care occurred in Massachusetts in 1976, when Governor Michael Dukakis announced an Adoption Week. The idea was extremely popular and spread nationwide. In 1984, President Reagan proclaimed the first National Adoption Week, and in 1995, under President Clinton, the week was expanded to the entire month of November.

There are numerous websites with fantastic ideas of things your family can do each day for National Adoption Month. I decided I would post an activity for each day here on my blog, as well.

Day 1 - November 1st
Begin Adoption Month by celebrating your family's story and sharing it online! Don't forget to also write it down or print it out and add it to your lifebook/scrapbook.

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