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November Is National Adoption Awareness Month
In the United States, an estimated 1 million children live with adoptive parents, and 2% to 4% of families include an adopted child. In 1999, a total of 150,000 adoptions took place, including private, interfamily, agency, and intercountry. More than one-half of the intercountry adoptions in 1999 were from two countries: China and Russia. In 2000, about 581,000 children were in foster care; of these, 50,000 were adopted—a 10% increase over 1999 and almost double the number (28,000) adopted in 1996.
Of the more than one-half million children now in foster care, an estimated 134,000 are available for adoption. They are America’s waiting children. Their median age is 8; about 42% are African American, 32% white, 15% Hispanic. Some have special needs—they may be older, want to stay with siblings, or have disabilities.
The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting adoptive parents, informing adoption professionals, and helping children find permanent, loving homes. A National Adoption Month Awareness Guide, available at www.nacac.org, features information on how individuals and groups can raise adoption awareness and celebrate adoption in their communities, places of worship, schools, and homes during November and year round. Suggestions include:
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