November 2012: Adoption MonthWHEREAS, more than 13,000 children in Michigan live away from their birth families in foster care and every year, an estimated 2,700 children in foster care throughout Michigan are available for adoption; and,
WHEREAS, Adoption Day in Michigan was established by the Michigan Supreme Court and the Michigan Department of Human Services in 2003; and,
WHEREAS, on November 20, 2012, Michigan courts will celebrate Adoption Day by finalizing adoptions, holding special events for adoptive families and providing educational materials for citizens in regard to the adoption process; and,
WHEREAS, during this month, we join with the Michigan Department of Human Services, Michigan Courts and various adoption agencies throughout the Great Lakes State to raise awareness of adoption needs and the adoption process in Michigan;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 2012 as Adoption Month and Tuesday, November 20, 2012 as Adoption Day in Michigan.