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 Day in Michigan was established by the Michigan Supreme Court and the Michigan Department of Human Services in 2003; and,
WHEREAS, on November 26th, 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, on this day, 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 Tuesday, November 26, 2013 as Adoption Day in Michigan.