In fact, in the United States, not only do we have a month dedicated to recognizing adoptions, we also have an adoption week and an adoption day.

The month of November is Adoption Awareness Month in the United States. November 21 is National Adoption Day and National Adoption Week takes place from November 19 through November 25.

The history of National Adoption Awareness began as follows:

In 1976, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis established Adoption Week as a way of promoting awareness of the need for families to adopt children in foster care.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan established National Adoption Week. In his proclamation he said, “At a time when many fear that the family is in decline, it is fitting that we give special recognition to those who are rebuilding families by promoting adoption.”

In 1995, President Bill Clinton expanded National Adoption Week to National Adoption Awareness Month. In his proclamation, President Clinton said, “For many people across the United States, adoption provides a means for building and strengthening families…As we observe National Adoption Month, we celebrate these achievements and recognize the rewards of adoption…”

In 1998, President Clinton directed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop a plan to expand the use of the internet as a tool for finding homes for children in foster care who were waiting to be adopted.

In 2008, President George W. Bush provided an explanation of National Adoption Awareness Month in Spanish.

Adoption is a way to bring a positive change into the lives of children and couples. If you’re considering adoption, our attorneys at C.E. Borman & Associates are glad to answer your questions, offer legal advice and help you throughout the adoption process.