Celebrate National Adoption Month with Children Awaiting Parents
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Adoption Week, calling attention to the thousands of children in the United States waiting for permanent families. Eleven years later, President Bill Clinton expanded the awareness week to the entire month of November.
One of the goals of National Adoption Month is to promote action. There are over 100,000 children in the United States who are legally free for adoption, and each year over 25,000 youth “age-out” of the system, going out into the world without the benefit and stabilization of having a family. The odds of ending up in jail, homeless, and/or unemployed are very high, and the futures of many of those who age-out are bleak.
Activities for National Adoption Month
11.01 Heart Gallery Opening at The Strong Museum - exhibit open through the month of November
11.22 National Adoption Day in Family Court
News stories on WROC-TV 8 and WHAM 13
On-going Heart Galleries in Rochester at:
•Dynamic Elite Athletics: 5 Marway Circle, Suite 2
•Greater Rochester International Airport
•The Strong Museum: 1 Manhattan Square Dr.
Featured Family: Meet Laurie and Daniel
Laurie Robinson is a single adoptive parent who grew up and lives in Greece, New York. She graduated from Syracuse University and is a police officer with the Rochester Police Department. She found her son, Daniel, on an internet site similar to that of Children Awaiting Parents. Daniel was adopted in 2010 and is now 14.Daniel and Laurie are very much a family, along with two dogs and a cat. Laurie and Daniel are also featured in our Newsletter
What Can You Do?
• Host a Heart Gallery exhibit at your place of employment
• Sponsor an information meeting at your faith organization
• Spread the word about Children Awaiting Parents through your social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
• Sponsor a child to build resources to find him/her a loving, adoptive family!