The most wonderful time of the year–no, not the holiday season–but National Adoption Month is drawing to a close. I wanted to use this last Adoption Month post to draw attention to activities that have been taking place this month since my first post on this topic. I’m excited to share many new activities were started this year, and will hopefully continue to grow in the future to accomplish our shared vision of a family for every child.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commemorated National Adoption Month through a video message in which she highlighted that over the past decade 200,000 children have been adopted internationally. Secretary Clinton shared that the U.S. Department of State is committed to safeguarding the interests of children, birth parents, and adoptive parents worldwide. As evidence to this commitment, Secretary Clinton announced early this year the appointment of Ambassador Susan Jacobs as Special Advisor for International Children’s Issues who works to ensure the child’s best interest is the heart of every international adoption.
The global media company Clear Channel celebrated National Adoption Month in conjunction with the Heart Gallery NYC by broadcasting pictures of children waiting in foster care to be adopted on a Times Square screen. Thousands of New York City residents and visitors learned about the need for adoption.
Tampa Bay Rays’ right-hander, James Shields, along with his wife Ryane are committed to helping children in foster care find homes. The Shields have worked with the Tampa Bay Heart Gallery for a few years now, recording PSAs and most recently holding a blown-up picture of one of the boys waiting to be adopted on the field.
Voice for Adoption launched their Adoptive Family Portrait Project during an event on Capitol Hill. During November, Members of Congress display constituent family photos in their DC office in order to raise awareness about foster care adoption.
Joint Council dedicated posts each day on their blog to share one successful adoption story, one unsuccessful adoption story, and one action that individuals can do to help children’s welfare domestically around the world.
Do you know of other unique National Adoption Month activities? Be sure to comment in order to share information about the great work taking place on behalf of this effort!