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Celebrating the Joys of Adoption

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Adoption offers a wonderful opportunity to bring children in need and caring supportive parents together. President George W. Bush declared November as National Adoption Awareness Month, and recognized National Adoption Day to highlight the joys of adoption, and to encourage families to adopt children in foster care.

On Saturday, November 20, 2004, an unprecedented number of courts, judges, attorneys, child welfare agencies, and advocates coast-to-coast finalized the adoptions of thousands of children from foster care, and celebrated and honored all those who have chosen to build their families through adoption. National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness about the 129,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families. Now in its fifth year, National Adoption Day has made the dreams of thousands of children come true by working with courts, judges, attorneys and advocates to finalize their adoptions into permanent families and to celebrate adoption.

National Adoption Day is organized by a coalition of nonprofit organizations made up of the Freddie Mac Foundation, Target Corporation, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Children's Action Network, The Alliance for Children's Rights, Casey Family Programs, and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), which I am a member of, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about the tens of thousands of foster children in this country and the millions of orphans around the world in need of permanent, safe, and loving homes.

The Institute's annual awards gala, "Angels in Adoption," boasts the most Congressional support of any child welfare event in the nation and is the only program that allows Members of Congress to take an active role in selecting a constituent of their choice as an award recipient.

As a member of CCAI, I have had the unique opportunity to select families from the Sixth District who have significantly contributed to changing the lives of children in need, specifically through adoption and foster care. I am touched by their personal experiences and involvement in adoption and foster care that they have shared with me. It has been a pleasure to have the opportunity to honor and recognize the good work of my constituents who have enriched the lives of children through adoption.

In addition, I am a member of the Congressional Caucus on Adoption which focuses on adoption policy issues. I believe we must encourage and promote adoption as a viable solution for the numerous children both domestically and internationally who find themselves without the support of a loving family. Furthermore, I commend those who are willing to open their hearts and homes to take in a child


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