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National Adoption
Awareness Month

NACAC's National Adoption Awareness Month Guide

In July 2001, NACAC published the latest National Adoption Awareness Month Guide, which offers many ways to celebrate adoption during November and year round. The guide is full of activities for commemorating Adoption Month, ideas for sharing positive adoption images, ways to help find new foster and adoptive famlies, plus sample public service announcements, press releases, and more. By clicking on the links below, you can download sections of the guide. (To read and print these PDF files, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free from Adobe.)

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The History of Adoption Month

Formalized, time-specific adoption awareness campaigns originated more than 20 years ago. In May 1976, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis issued the first state Adoption Week proclamation, and President Ford then officially proclaimed the week in a letter to the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) conference held later that year. As years went on, Adoption Week came to be observed during the week of Thanksgiving in November.

In 1986, NACAC helped coordinate a national "Calling Out" event based on an idea from Larry Gellerstein, then president of the Adoptive Parent Committee of New York. That year groups across North America braved late November weather and simultaneously assembled on state and provincial capitol steps to read statements about waiting children, and call out the names of waiting children in their state or province.

In 1990, NACAC decided to expand opportunities for raising awareness, and began advertising Adoption Week as National Adoption Awareness Month (November). The idea has quickly caught on, and Adoption Month has celebrated ever since.

North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
970 Raymond Avenue, Suite 106
St. Paul, MN 55114
phone: 651-644-3036
fax: 651-644-9848