Thursday, October 8, 2009

National Adoption Month

National Adoption Month is November. National Adoption Day is November 21. Consider planning an event to raise awareness of the 129,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families. An unprecedented number of courts and communities across the nation will come together to finalize thousands of adoptions of children from foster care and to celebrate all families who adopt. Check out ideas and info from the Dave Thomas Foundation:

A National Initiative Takes Hold
National Adoption Day started small in the year 2000, with events in nine cities. Over the years, it grew rapidly, until by 2006, more than 300 events were held in all 50 states the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. A total of 26,000 children have been adopted from U.S. foster care at National Adoption Day celebrations, and millions of Americans have been touched through local and national media coverage.
The success of National Adoption Day is a result of the hard work of local event planners, the generosity of national and local supporters, the promotion of collaborating organizations, the participation of government representatives and the attention of the media. Congratulations to each of you for making a difference in the lives of children.

142 Events in 42 States Already Registered
National Adoption Day planners across the U.S. are on the ball: 142 have already shared details of their event to post on the web site; 132 have joined the online event organizer community to share ideas and enthusiasm; and 5 have already securedproclamations from their governor or mayor.
If you are planning a National Adoption Day event and haven't registered yet, or if you would like host an event in your community, visit www.nationaladoptionday.org today. You will be listed with others across the U.S. on the map page and eligible to order a free plush bunny for every child being adopted at your event, generously provided by Nestle. The web site also features toolkits, media materials, collaborating organizations and information on adoption. Registered events can also order teddy bears at a discount from Fiesta Toys.

Order Discounted National Adoption Day Items Online
New this year, you can purchase National Adoption Day logo items at a discount. Visit www.elkpromotions.com/nationaladoptionday for banners, mugs, pens, bags, shirts, stickers, signage and more. Some items carry the National Adoption Daypublic service announcement "One Day" messages: 4,500 children will be adopted on ONE DAY; more than 120,000 children in U.S. foster care are still waiting for ONE DAY; and ONE DAY, every child will have a family.

Become a Supporting Organization
Generate awareness of National Adoption Day and let us recognize you on our web site:
  • Encourage your members to participate
  • Distribute flyers at your events
  • Include an article in your newsletter or e-news
  • Post a link on your web site
To get everything you need, contact carrie_boerio@davethomasfoundation.org.
Follow Us On Twitter
Use the power of the internet to help National Adoption Day grow. Get live updates and pass them on at http://twitter.com/natadoptionday.


National Adoption Day is led by a Coalition of six organizations, working together to draw national attention and support local events: The Alliance for Children's Rights, Casey Family Services,Children's Action Network, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Freddie Mac Foundation.


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