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November 22, 2022: Adoption Day

WHEREAS, approximately 10,000 children in Michigan live away from their parents in foster care, and every year, an estimated 2,100 children in foster care throughout Michigan have the goal of adoption and are legally ready to be adopted; and,

WHEREAS, during fiscal year 2022, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and contracted private agency partners provided permanency for approximately 1,600 children in Michigan through adoption; and,

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

WHEREAS, on November 22, 2022, Michigan courts will celebrate Adoption Day by finalizing adoptions, holding special events for adoptive families, and providing educational materials for citizens regarding the adoption process; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Tuesday, November 22, 2022, as Adoption Day in Michigan.