National Adoption Month goes back to 1976 when Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis announced the first Adoption Week. The idea spread rapidly and in 1984 President Reagan proclaimed the first National Adoption Week. In 1995, President Clinton expanded it into the entire month of November.
In 2009, President Obama issued the following statement as part of the National Adoption Month Presidential Proclamation:
"All children deserve a safe, loving family to protect and care for them. In America, thousands of young people are waiting for that opportunity. During National Adoption Month, we honor those families that have strengthened America through adoption, and we recommit to reducing the number of children awaiting adoption into loving families.
America is a country rich in resources and filled with countless caring men and women who hope to adopt. These individuals come from all walks of life, united in their commitment to love a child who is in need of the protective arms of a parent. We must do more to ensure that adoption is a viable option for them. By continually opening up the doors to adoption, and supporting full equality in adoption laws for all American families, we allow more children to find the permanent homes they yearn for and deserve.
This month, we also focus on children in foster care. These children are not in the system by their own choosing, but are forced into it by unfortunate or tragic circumstances. These young people have specific needs and require unique support. Federal, State, and local governments, communities, and individuals all have a role to play in ensuring that foster children have the resources and encouragement they need to realize their hopes and dreams.
The course of our future will depend on what we do to help the next generation of Americans succeed. This month, we celebrate those families brought together by adoption and renew our commitments to children in the foster care system."
Check out the Darien Library's wonderful collection of picture books, informational books, and stories about adoption. Stop by anytime this month to pick up Adoption booklists created by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.