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The beginning of November marks the commencement of two important national awareness campaigns: one in support of military families, and another aimed at increasing the adoption of foster children.

Last week, President Obama signed a proclamation designating November as Military Family Month. While we haven’t written much about military families on this blog, we look forward to delving further into the programs and policy that assist the families of our servicemen and women in future posts. From the emotional stress and instability of the increased number of deployments, to the isolation experienced by our growing number of Guard and Reserve families, the children and spouses of our military today are tested more than ever. We hope that with the President’s recent instatement of Military Family Month that the challenges of this community will receive the research and recognition they deserve.

November is also National Adoption Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness about the adoption of foster children. The national awareness campaign first began in 1984 with President Regan’s proclamation for a National Adoption Week. In 1995, President Clinton expanded the week to an entire month. The Department of Health, and Human Services (HHS) is using this year’s campaign primarily to help child welfare professionals focus on their recruiting and retaining initiatives. This year’s theme— You don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent— supports the on-going adoption recruitment campaign efforts of HHS, in partnership with the Ad Council, AdoptUsKids, and the Children’s Bureau. For the 115,000 children and youth in foster-care waiting to be adopted, we know that this type of campaign is paramount in helping each child find a safe and loving home.

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