By Skyler Lee
Recently, the White House released President Trump’s second annual proclamation declaring National Adoption month and praised adoption.
On October 31st, President Trump officially proclaimed November 2018 as National Adoption Month.
“I encourage all Americans to observe this month by helping children in need of a permanent home secure a more promising future with a forever family, so they may enter adulthood with the love and support we all deserve,” he said.
The month is meant to “recognize the immeasurable love and support” adoptive parents provide, “acknowledge the courage of those mothers and fathers who place their child for adoption,” and “celebrate the life-changing act of adoption.”
“Our nation grows stronger because of the love and sacrifice of parents, both birth and adoptive," President Trump explained.
Additionally, President Trump describes adoption as an act which “enables individuals to grow their families and share their love.”
“Adoption affirms the inherent value of human life and signals that every child ‑‑ born or unborn ‑‑ is wanted and loved. Children, regardless of race, sex, age, or disability, deserve a loving embrace into families they can call their own,” he further explained.
He also stated his administration is “dedicated to supporting the children in foster care who are seeking permanent homes.”
“We honor the thousands of American families who have grown because of adoption. We also stand with those children in foster care, and we appeal to families, communities, and houses of worship across our great Nation to help these children find a permanent home,” he elaborated.
In the United States, there are 36 adoptive families waiting to adopt for every one baby born and placed for adoption. While many adoptive families want to adopt babies, the last reported statistics show 117,000 children in the foster care system and many of them are legally free from their parents and ready to be permanently adopted.
We hope more families heed President Trump’s advice and seek to provide permanent homes for those in the foster system as adoptive families are continued to be formed.
After all, there are no unwanted children, just unfound families.