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November 2008Vol. 9, No. 9Celebrate National Adoption Month!

November is National Adoption Month, a time to celebrate the families and children brought together by adoption. Around the country, families, churches, agencies, and communities will celebrate with special adoption-related events and activities. This month is also a time to remember the 496,000 children in foster care, especially the 130,000 awaiting adoption. Many of these children are older, part of a sibling group, or have medical conditions that make their adoption more challenging. National Adoption Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of finding homes for all of these children.

Recognized by Presidential Proclamation, National Adoption Month is a priority of the Children's Bureau, which sponsors the National Adoption Month website. This year the website includes several feature articles, as well as the 2008 Presidential Proclamation, an activities calendar of ways to celebrate daily, and resources for professionals, families, and teachers.

The Children's Bureau's efforts to raise public awareness and recruit adoptive families include sponsorship of a media campaign designed by the Ad Council in collaboration with AdoptUsKids. The series of television, radio, and print ads are built around the theme, "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 English- and Spanish-language ads are designed to convey the message that teens in foster care are just like other American teens—they need loving, committed parents, not perfection.

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