Adoption Awareness Month


WHEREAS, the health and safety of all Virginians is important to the happiness, prosperity and well-being of our Commonwealth’s families and communities; and

WHEREAS, every child in Virginia, regardless of physical, medical or emotional challenges, age or race, needs love, support, security and a place to call home; and

WHEREAS, there are more than 5,000 children in Virginia’s foster care program and more than 900 children have the goal of adoption and are available for placement in an adoptive home; and

WHEREAS, children can thrive, reach their full potential, and spread their wings when given the loving and firm foundation of a family; and

WHEREAS, in addition to adoption from foster care, it is appropriate to recognize those who have chosen other adoption options to build a family.  It is important for every child who cannot be raised by a birth parent to find a permanent home.  Children have better outcomes when they are raised in families; and

WHEREAS, Virginia Heart Galleries is the Commonwealth’s resource that provides much needed exposure for children waiting to be adopted; and

WHEREAS, the collaboration of both public and private adoption agencies along with community agencies, religious organizations, businesses, Virginia’s Adoption Champion Deborah J. Johnston, and others should be recognized for their commitment to the needs of children throughout the Commonwealth;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize November 2016 as ADOPTION AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.