How Will You Commemorate National Adoption Month?


Every November, a Presidential Proclamation launches activities and celebrations to help build awareness of adoption throughout the nation. National Adoption Month is an initiative of the Children’s Bureau supported through AdoptUSKids and Child Welfare Information Gateway, members of the Children’s Bureau Training and Technical Assistance Network. Thousands of community organizations arrange and host programs, events, and activities to share positive adoption stories, challenge the myths, and draw attention to the children in foster care who are waiting for permanent families.


Has your State issued a National Adoption Month or Day proclamation? View the National Adoption Day proclamations here.


Then and Now:

  • In 1976, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis announced an Adoption Week to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for children in foster care.
  • In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Adoption Week.
  • In 1995, President Clinton expanded the awareness week to the entire month of November.
  • The 2013 National Adoption Month theme is “Partnering for Permanency”. The initiative emphasizes the partnerships necessary to create permanent connections for the 100,000 children and youth in foster care waiting to be adopted.



Nat Adopt Month Hearts




Nicki Sanders, MSW, Chief Visionary Officer
The Teen Toolbox utilizes youth portfolio development and civic engagement and academic empowerment strategies to help teens set goals for life after high school and create a road map to reach those goals through its PACKAGED FOR SUCCESS™ Programs. We are committed to supporting and raising awareness about the needs and potential of teenagers in the foster care system.

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