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November is National Adoption Month

Almost half a million kids in foster care in the U.S.

Posted: October 24, 2009 8:56 a.m.
Updated: October 26, 2009 1:55 p.m.
 
LOS ANGELES -- This November, Penny Lane will join thousands of individuals, government agencies and child advocacy organizations across the nation in promoting the National Adoption Month 2009 campaign.

The goal of the campaign "Answering the Call: You Don't Have to Be Perfect to Be a Perfect Parent" is to spread awareness to recruit and retain foster and adoptive parents for our nation's waiting children.

Since 1990, the nation has proclaimed November as National Adoption Month to focus attention on the children in the child welfare system waiting for placement with families. There are approximately 496,000 children currently in foster care in the United States, 130,000 of who are waiting for permanent families.

To help raise awareness of the need for adoptive parents, this year during National Adoption Month, a public service advertising (PSA) campaign from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Ad Council, and AdoptUsKids is running on television, in print outlets, and on radio stations around the country.

The PSA encourages prospective parents to realize that they dont have to be perfect to be a perfect parent by addressing prospective adoptive parents fears and reassuring them that they have the ability to be adoptive parents.

Throughout the month of November, Penny Lane is encouraging families to become foster or adoptive parents in hopes that they too will consider bringing a child into their homes.

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