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November 2009Vol. 10, No. 9Celebrate National Adoption Month!

November is National Adoption Month, a time to call attention to the 130,000 children and youth in foster care who are waiting to be adopted. Recognized by Presidential Proclamation, National Adoption Month is a priority of the Children's Bureau, which sponsors the National Adoption Month website. This campaign urges Americans to "Answer the Call" to adopt children and youth from foster care. This year, the campaign is particularly focused on children of color, older children, and teens and sibling groups who need to be placed together.

The National Adoption Month initiative is a partnership among the Children's Bureau, AdoptUSKids, and Child Welfare Information Gateway.

The National Adoption Month website, produced by Child Welfare Information Gateway, provides resources for professionals and families who are planning activities to raise awareness of the need for adoptive parents for children and youth in care. Visitors to the website can download materials and link to resources.

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