CASA JEFFERSON NEWSLETTER
November is National Adoption Month. It is the month when the broader community
acknowledges the efforts of those whose lives have been impacted by adoption and who facilitate
the process. This month helps spread awareness and encourages all of us to learn about adoption.
National Adoption Month celebrates the families who have grown through adoption. It also
recognizes the journey of the many children who are still waiting for their destined families. It
further highlights the thousands of children worldwide in need of adoption, and how easy
it is to make a difference even if you cannot adopt.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH
Every year, there are more and more children in need of finding secure and safe families.
National Adoption Month sheds light on the process and the positive impacts of adoption.
The state of Massachusetts was the first to promote adoption-related efforts in 1976. Governor
Mike Dukakis announced the first week of November as “Adoption Week” to promote awareness
of the need for adoptive families for children in the foster care system. The idea slowly grew in
popularity and spread throughout the nation. Following this, in 1984, President Gerald R. Ford
made adoption week a national event. As the popularity of this week grew, more states
started participating, and it became difficult to fit all the events into a period of seven days.
This was when President Bill Clinton extended the week-long event into a whole month, which
came to be known as National Adoption Month, which is celebrated globally.
National Adoption Month is a chance for all — individuals, families, businesses, organizations,
communities, states, and the government — to celebrate adoption. Adoption is encouraged as a
positive way to grow families and take children out of foster care. Many fundraising drives,
recognition dinners, community activities, and awareness campaigns are held all across
the nation to observe this month.
National Adoption Month also includes National Adoption Day, November 18th.
This day is observed in courthouses all across the country, where thousands of adoptions are
finalized simultaneously on the Saturday directly after it. Courts are encouraged to deal with
the backlog of adoptions on this day.
CASA Jefferson is excited to announce details for our