National Adoption Month – 2010

November 1, 2010 § 1 Comment

2010 National Adoption Month  – “You don’t have to be perfect to be a parent”

November is recognized as National Adoption Month each year. The month long event is meant to bring attention to the 115,000 children in foster care that are eagerly waiting for their adoptive family. Every year a specific issue is addressed in relation to adoption awareness, this year’s initiative encourages adoption professionals to focus on ways to recruit and retain loving parents for children and youth in foster care.

The campaign for 2010 has been built around 5 themes:

1. Supporting and retaining families

2. Practicing diligent recruitment

3. Working with diverse populations

4. Doing proactive family finding

5. Facilitating interstate (interjurisdictional) placements

Adoption Month History

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.

Each November a Presidential Proclamation is made that signifies the beginning of events that are meant to build awareness of adoption throughout the nation. As states, communities, and agencies hold events during the month to bring the need for families into public view, consider what you can do to help.

Adoption Resources and Links:


National Adoption Day

Child Welfare Information Gateway

State Adoption Agencies

National Council For Adoption

National Adoption Month Blogspot


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