Every year, in November, we celebrate National Adoption Awareness Month. The purpose of this month is to focus on the adoption of children in foster care.
Massachusetts governor, Mike Dukakis, made the first major effort to promote awareness for the need of families to adopt children in the foster care system, when he initiated Adoption Week in 1976.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan made the first National Adoption Week proclamation, however, it was later expanded by President Bill Clinton to a month because of the number of states participating and the number of events celebrating and promoting adoption.
During National Adoption Awareness Month, the celebration of adoption as a positive way to build families is recognized by states, communities, public and private organizations, businesses, families and individuals.
National Adoption Day also takes place during National Adoption Awareness Month. This day is observed in courthouses across the nation, where thousands of adoptions are finalized simultaneously.
Many celebrities, such as Kristin Davis, Viola Davis, Hugh Jackman and Madonna have adopted children of their own.
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