• November 2005
  • Vol. 6, No. 9

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"Answering the Call" for National Adoption Month

Families, community groups, agencies, and organizations all over the country will celebrate National Adoption Month in November, focusing attention on the loving families created through adoption and on the 119,000 children in foster care awaiting their own permanent families. Once again, the theme of National Adoption Month is "Answering the Call—You don't have to be perfect to be a perfect parent." This theme is featured in a national public service advertising campaign developed by the Ad Council, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, the Adoption Exchange Association, and the Collaboration to AdoptUSKids. English and Spanish ads for television, radio, and print media issue a call to action to prospective parents asking them to consider adopting a child from foster care.

The National Adoption Month website, launched by the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse, a service of the Children's Bureau, provides resources for adoption professionals, families, and teachers for celebrating National Adoption Month. This year, the website offers a number of Spanish-language resources, as well as State-by-State contact information for Latino adoption organizations. To visit the National Adoption Month website, go to http://www.childwelfare.gov/adoption/nam.

National Adoption Day, which will be celebrated on Saturday, November 19, has a website that offers information and tools for event planners who want to arrange a media or community event, for businesses that want to support adoption awareness, and for faith communities that want to become involved with promoting adoption. The website also lists National Adoption Day events around the country, with State information accessible by clicking on a national map. The National Adoption Day website can be accessed at www.nationaladoptionday.org

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