• November 2007
  • Vol. 8, No. 10

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Celebrate Adoptive Families

Every November during National Adoption Month we pay tribute to the adoptive parents who have opened their hearts and homes to children and youth in need of a permanent, loving family. Through public awareness campaigns and local activities at courthouses, agencies, churches, and other community centers, we also raise awareness about the more than 114,000 children in foster care who are ready for adoption and encourage prospective adoptive parents to choose adoption for their families.

The theme of National Adoption Month this year is "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." This theme is a continuation of last year's successful national recruitment campaign to encourage the adoption of teens from foster care. Developed by the Ad Council, in partnership with the Children's Bureau, the Adoption Exchange Association, and the Collaboration to AdoptUsKids, the public service advertisements take a lighthearted look at the everyday moments teens and parents face in order to demonstrate that teens don't need perfection, but they do need parents. For more about the campaign visit:

www.adoptuskids.org/answeringTheCall.aspx

Families, communities, and organizations are encouraged to celebrate adoption and contribute toward efforts to recruit new foster and adoptive families. This year's National Adoption Month webpages on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website offer a redesigned and enhanced National Foster Care & Adoption Directory. The webpages also highlight tools and resources for professionals, teachers, and prospective and adoptive families to help celebrate National Adoption Month:

www.childwelfare.gov/adoption/nam/

A calendar of activities for the month of November, in both English and Spanish, offers ideas for celebrating National Adoption Month:

www.childwelfare.gov/adoption/nam/activities.cfm

This year, National Adoption Day is Saturday, November 17. This is the day when courts, judges, attorneys, adoption professionals, child welfare agencies, and advocates work together to coordinate the finalization of thousands of adoptions across the country to make the dreams of waiting children and their adoptive families come true. Find toolkits and press materials to plan an event, or use the National Adoption Day database to locate an event near you:

www.nationaladoptionday.org

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