Foster Kids in Spotlight of Adoption Focus

Focusing the nationís attention on the tens of thousands of children in foster care is a major focus of National Adoption Month, which is marked annually in November.

The monthís special events annually begin with a Presidential Proclamation. Then, national and local activities throughout November aim to dispel myths and promote positive feelings about adoption, particularly for the estimated 118,000 foster kids still waiting for permanent families. Events planned in various communities this month include recognition dinners, book signings, public awareness campaigns, conferences and informational seminars on adoption.

On Nov. 19, designated this year as National Adoption Day, a tradition will continue at courthouses across the nation as hundreds of adoptions are finalized simultaneously. For more information on this special day, visit The Web site is sponsored by numerous child advocacy organizations, including Casey Family Services and the Childrenís Action Network.

Another Web site,, offers helpful tips, resources and ideas for getting involved in promoting awareness of adoption issues, as well as information on the specific events planned this month.

Ė Deirdre Wilson