THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
November 7, 2003
NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH, 2003
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Every year, tens of thousands of American families answer the call to
adopt a child. During National Adoption Month, we recognize America's adoptive
and foster families. We also commit to helping all of our children, including
those waiting in foster care, find safe, permanent, and loving homes.
On November 22, communities across the country will come together to
celebrate National Adoption Day by finalizing the adoptions of over 3,000
children from foster care. On this day and all this month, we honor families
that have opened their hearts and homes to a child.
The number of children who are adopted has increased in recent years.
Still, thousands of children in our country -- many with special needs --
continue to wait in foster care for an adoptive family. We are taking important
steps to make adoption more commonplace and to protect the well-being of our
children. We have eased the financial burden of adoption by nearly doubling the
maximum adoption tax credit. We expanded the Promoting Safe and Stable Families
Program, which encourages adoption at the local level and supports adoptive
families with services that ease a child's transition into a new family and help
to strengthen the family. The Department of Health and Human Services provides
incentives to States that increase the number of children adopted from
State-supervised foster care.
Last year, my Administration launched the first Federal adoption website,
www.AdoptUSKids.org, which features pictures and profiles of children
available for adoption. This site helps loving families connect with waiting
children across the country. Already, more than 1,700 children featured on the
site have been placed with adoptive families. This progress is testimony to the
selfless spirit of American families.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America,
by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the
United States, do hereby proclaim November 2003 as National Adoption Month.
I call on all Americans to observe this month with appropriate programs and
activities to honor adoptive families and to participate in efforts to find
permanent homes for waiting children.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of November,
in the year of our Lord two thousand three, and of the Independence of the
United States of America the two hundred and twenty-eighth.
GEORGE W. BUSH