November 24, 2015: Adoption Day

WHEREAS, more than 13,000 children in Michigan live away from their birth families in foster care and every year an estimated 2,000 children in foster care throughout Michigan are available for adoption; and,

WHEREAS, Adoption Day in Michigan was established by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Supreme Court in 2003; and,

WHEREAS, on November 24, 2015, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan courts will celebrate Adoption Day by participating in, or holding special events for adoptive families, finalizing adoptions, and providing educational materials for citizens in regard to the adoption process; and,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 24, 2015 as Adoption Day in Michigan.