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History of National Adoption Awareness Month

on November 2, 2014

So how long has this recognition of adoption month been celebrated?  If you had asked me this question a few years ago, I would have snidely guessed that it’s only a few years old and came about when we started celebrating EVERYTHING.  (Did you know that today is Deviled Egg Day?  Me either!  Yesterday was Go Cook for Your Pets Day.  I hope our cat isn’t too hurt by our negligence in the celebration of this important holiday.)

But, luckily, there are many influential people who believed in the importance of commemorating something as life-changing and important to society as adoption many years ago.  President Ford actually made the first proclamation of National Adoption Week in the 1970’s, along with Governor Michael Dukakis, in an effort to raise awareness for the need for adoptive families for children in the foster system.  President Reagan proclaimed November 19-25, 1984, as National Adoption Week.  In 1995, it was President Clinton who expanded the week celebration to the entire month.

Since then, November has been recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month, helping to bring recognition to the thousands of children waiting for homes in foster care, working to address myths associated with adoption, and celebrating the countless numbers of families and professionals that have dedicated their lives to the importance of adoption.

On the slate for tomorrow’s blog post: Positive adoption language.  🙂

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One response to “History of National Adoption Awareness Month

  1. […] foster system to be adopted.  You can read more about the history of the month-long celebration here.  The Dave Thomas Foundation (yeah, I’m talking about the Wendy’s Dave Thomas) is a […]

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