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National Adoption Month

An adoption of a child is the legal and permanent assumption of all rights and responsibilities in regards to the duties associated with the care and parenting of that child.

November is recognized as National Adoption Month. Each year, the President of the United States issues a proclamation announcing that November is National Adoption Month.

Although it is a month long celebration, November 17 is specifically set aside as National Adoption Day. It is a day in which many adoptions are finalized in courtrooms around the country.

The trend was started in 1976 by Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis who made a proclamation designating a week long awareness campaign that highlighted the growing need for adoptive parents.

That same year, President Gerald Ford took it one step further by proclaiming a national week of adoption awareness throughout the United States and in 1995, under President Bill Clinton, the whole month of November was designed as National Adoption Month.

The importance of adoptions, not just in the United States, but around the world, cannot be under publicized. Without the attention that is garnered by National Adoption Month, many people would not have a clue about the need for adoptive parents.

There are literally thousands of children that are living in the foster care system who would love to be adopted. These children are desperately in need of being a part of a permanent family structure.

When not adopted, many are moved from one foster home to another throughout the early years of their lives. Many grow to feel unwanted, unneeded, and above all, unloved.

Events are held throughout the month of November by churches, synagogues, and other religious orders, public and private organizations, and by city, state and local agencies. To find out more about adoptions, you can visit www.childwelfare.gov or contact your county or state child protective services.

The laws governing adoption have changed over the years making it better for the child and the adoptive parent or parents. The process may seem slow and intrusive, but in the end, adopting a child is one of the most loving acts that human beings make towards one another.

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