COLEMAN HONORS NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY
Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN), co-chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, expressed support for National Adoption Day, which is being celebrated today, November 15th, 2008. In September, the United States Senate passed a Senate Resolution introduced by Senators Coleman and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) supporting the goals of National Adoption Day, including promoting national awareness of adoption and the children awaiting families; celebrating children and families involved in adoption; and encouraging Americans to work to secure the safety, permanency, and well-being for all children.
"The need for children to grow up in permanent, loving homes cannot be overstated," said Coleman. "That is why it is so important to take a day each year to celebrate, promote, and recognize the importance of adoption. It is my hope that this day will serve as a symbol of the importance of adoption and that it will encourage families to consider adoption in the future."
National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the 129,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families. For the last eight years, National Adoption Day has made the dreams of thousands of children come true by working with courts, judges, attorneys, adoption professionals, child welfare agencies and advocates to finalize adoptions and find permanent, loving homes for children in foster care. Celebrated in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, more than 300 events are held each year throughout the country to finalize the adoptions of children in foster care, and to celebrate all families who adopt. Since the inception of National Adoption Day in the year 2000, more than 20,000 children have been adopted from foster care on National Adoption Day.
As co-chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, Senator Coleman has championed a number of initiatives to encourage both domestic and international adoption. Previously, he worked to pass a provision which permits American foster children adopted after the age of 13 to file for federal college financial aid as independent students, removing a financial disincentive for teen adoptions. Most recently, 145 Members of the House and Senate joined Senator Coleman in sending a letter to Secretary Condoleezza Rice encouraging her to continue work to facilitate negotiations with Vietnam that would lead to the continuance of adoptions between the United States and Vietnam in a manner that promotes safeguards for all parties involved.