This archived article was written by: Jessa Love Adams
National Adoption Month raises public awareness about thousands of children and youth waiting in foster care for permanent loving families according to Child Welfare Information Gateway. This year is the 10th anniversary of National adoption month.
The theme for this year is “You don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent.” This year child welfare is focusing more on the foster care children, and are pushing for more loving parents to adopt them.
According to Child Welfare Information Gateway, “Most Americans favor adoption, and many have at some point considered adoption. However, relatively few have taken concrete steps toward adopting a child, and fewer still have actually adopted a child.” Studies show that many people who want to adopt don’t because they don’t seek to adopt from foster care. The people who seek adoption are worried that adopting from foster care that the children will have health or behavioral problems, and worry that the birth parents will try to regain their parental rights.
Barak Obama issued a proclamation on Oct. 30, 2009 concerning National Adoption Month. He said, “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” as reported on www.whitehouse.gov.