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Amcclain_smDid you know that there are over 107,000 youth and children waiting to be adopted in the United States? Closer to home, there are 600 children and youth waiting and hoping to find a loving, permanent home in Massachusetts. The Commonwealth has a proud history of promoting awareness of the need for more adoptive families. In 1976, Massachusetts was the first state to declare Adoption Week. After growing in popularity, President Reagan proclaimed the first-ever National Adoption Week in 1984. Eleven years later, in 1995, President Clinton expanded it to the entire month of November.

On Saturday, November 19, the country will celebrate National Adoption Day. Here in Massachusetts, we will observe National Adoption Day on Friday, November 18 and will mark Massachusetts’ 9th annual event. National Adoption Day is a day set aside to commemorate and finalize adoptions of children and youth from foster care. This year, seven courthouses will participate in the day’s events: Boston, Brockton, Hadley, Pittsfield, Salem, Springfield, and Worcester. This year130 children and youth will be adopted during Massachusetts’ National Adoption Day celebrations.

Children in the care of DCF and currently awaiting adoption vary in age and come from diverse ethnic, linguistic, and economic backgrounds. Likewise, adoptive families come from diverse backgrounds. Adoptive parents do not have to be married, wealthy, or have a specific education or background. DCF is interested in making sure families provide safe, stable, loving homes. Every child deserves to be part of a loving family, adopting a child is an opportunity to change the life of a child…and your own.

 To learn more about adoption, please visit: www.mass.gov/dcf or call 1-800-KIDS-508. We will answer any questions you have.

 Commissioner Angelo McClain
Department of Children and Families

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