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November 5, 2011

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Check the Dates

Find out when the national, state, and local proclamations about National Adoption Month will take place and mark your calendars with the ones you don't want to miss.

Listening to our leaders

"Giving a child a strong foundation - a home, a family to love, and a safe place to grow is one of life's greatest and most generous gifts. Through adoption, both domestic and international, Americans from across our country have provided secure environments for children who need them, and these families have benefited from the joy an adopted child can bring. Thanks to their nurturing care, more young people have been able to recognize their potential and lead full, happy lives"

~Barack Obama
2010 Presidential Proclamation recognizing
National Adoption Month

Started in 1976 by Massachusetts Michael Dukakis as a week to recognize adoption, popularity for the idea grew until 1984 when President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Adoption Week. President Bill Clinton then expanded the week into a month and declared November 1995 as the first National Adoption Month.

The 2011 Nation Adoption Month focuses on adoption professionals with the theme, Build Capacity To Make Lasting Change.

Through targeted campaigns such as Support and Retain Families, Diligently Recruit, Work with Diverse Populations, Proactively Find Families, and Facilitate Interjurisdictional Placements, the focus is to raise awareness for the 107,000 children and youth in foster care waiting for their forever families.

Through my own research of National Adoption Month, I discovered that purple is the color for adoption awareness. As a long time breast cancer survivor, I am aware of the power behind the pink ribbon, so as a challenge to my family, we intend to wear a purple awareness ribbon everyday through the month of November. This gives us a chance to spread awareness on a personal level and share our story with the community.

So, on behalf of my family, I would like to challenge you and your families to wear a purple adoption awareness ribbon for National Adoption Month and support this year's theme, Build Capacity To Make Lasting Change.

For more on National/State Adoption Month activities in your local area, check your adoption agency or state websites, or visit the US Child Welfare website.

Lanita

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