WHEREAS, more than 11,000 children in Michigan live away from their birth families in foster care and every year, an estimated 2,600 children in foster care throughout Michigan are available for adoption; and,
WHEREAS, Adoption Month in Michigan was established by the Michigan Supreme Court and the Michigan Department of Human Services in 2003; and,
WHEREAS, during November, Michigan courts will celebrate Adoption Month 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 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 2013 as Adoption Month in Michigan.