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November 2006Vol. 7, No. 8Answering the Call

This month, families, communities, and organizations across the country will celebrate National Adoption Month. Festivities at courthouses, agencies, and community gathering places will salute the many loving families created through adoption. They also will focus attention on the approximately 114,000 children waiting in foster care for permanent families and homes. To view the President’s Proclamation of National Adoption Month, visit:

[Editor's note: this link no longer exists]

The theme of this year's National Adoption Month highlights the need for permanent families for older children in foster care: "You don't have to be perfect to be a perfect parent. There are thousands of teens in foster care who would love to put up with you." The theme comes from the Adoption Exchange Association and the Collaboration to AdoptUSKids' national recruitment campaign and is the focus of a series of public service announcements developed by the Ad Council.

The National Adoption Month website, launched in August by Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the Children's Bureau, and the Collaboration to AdoptUSKids features resources for professionals, families, and teachers. These include a calendar of adoption-related activities for every day of the month, Spanish-language resources, and a link to the National Adoption Directory, which provides State-by-State information on a variety of adoption organizations and services.

National Adoption Day will be celebrated this year on Saturday, November 18. The National Adoption Day website offers a number of resources to help organizations plan events. The Alliance for Children's Rights, Casey Family Services, the Children's Action Network, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, the Freddie Mac Foundation, and Jockey International have partnered to sponsor National Adoption Day. Visit their website to access resources and find out about celebrations in your area: