Nov 20 2015
Bipartisan Measure Recognizes National Adoption Day, Month
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., is supporting a Senate resolution to help promote national awareness of adoption and highlight the needs of thousands of children awaiting families. The measure, S.Res. 315, also commemorates the month of November as National Adoption Month, and November 21 as National Adoption Day.
“We have a responsibility to protect our young people and provide them with the support and love they need to succeed later in life,” Wicker said. “Every child deserves to grow up in a stable and caring home. This holiday season is an opportune time to reaffirm our commitment and celebrate the gift of family.”
The bill was introduced by Senators Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., co-chairs of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption. Wicker is also a member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption and the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth. The resolution backs a national effort that started in 1995 to raise awareness about the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families. In total, National Adoption Day has helped nearly 53,800 children move from foster care to a forever family.
According to Mississippi Families for Kids, the state has more than 3,000 children in need of adoptive parents. In October, Wicker recognized Mag Holland of Long Beach as one of the 2015 “Angels in Adoption” for her extraordinary work on behalf of neglected, abused, and displaced children in Mississippi.