This year the focus on raising awareness of the 107,000 children and youth in foster care waiting for adoptive families.
History of National Adoption Month
- The basic story behind National Adoption Month started off as a week long celebration in Massachusetts in 1976. Way before it blossomed into the current month long celebration.
- Each year, the President of the United States makes a proclamation to announce that November is National Adoption Month. (This is updated as soon as the proclamation is made.) Presidential Proclamation for 2011.
National Adoption Day
- Along with the month long celebration is the very special Adoption Day. November 17, 2012, will mark the 13th National Adoption Day. It's a special day because thousands of adoptions are finalized in court rooms all across the United States. The celebration grows larger each year as more and more states and courtrooms become involved.
Celebrating National Adoption Month with Day by Day Activities
- Many communities sponsor Adoption Month events. If events are not offered in your area or you want to do more with your family or neighborhood, see Celebrating National Adoption Month with Day by Day Activities. Want to learn more and have the celebration delivered to your inbox as a e-course, see the Index of Lessons for Celebrating Adoption Month. The lessons and activities are broken down week by week throughout the month of November.
- If you would like to advocate more for kids in foster care needing adoptive homes, use these beautiful posters advertising the need for more adoptive parents.