On November 1, 2012 President Barack Obama made a Presidential Proclamation honoring November as National Adoption month. In his proclamation he stressed that all children deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential and that as a nation we have a fundamental responsibility to ensure each child grows up knowing the love and protection of a permanent family. President Obama also encouraged all Americans to observe National Adoption month by answering the call to find a permanent and caring family for every child in need and by supporting the families who care for these children.
The origins of National Adoption began in 1976 when Massachusetts Governor, Michael Dukakis announced an Adoption week to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for children in foster care. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Adoption week in 1984. In 1995 President Bill Clinton expanded it to the entire month of November. In 1998 he then directed the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a plan to expand the use of the Internet as a tool to find homes for children waiting to be adopted from foster care.
There continues to be a need for families to provide permanent, nurturing and loving homes for children of all ages, both domestically and internationally. If you are interested in learning more about National Adoption month, the Presidential Proclamation or about the adoption process check out the following websites: