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115th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. RES. 331


Expressing support for the goals of National Adoption Day and National Adoption Month by promoting national awareness of adoption and the children awaiting families, celebrating children and families involved in adoption, and encouraging the people of the United States to secure safety, permanency, and well-being for all children.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 14, 2017

Mr. Blunt (for himself, Ms. Klobuchar, Mr. Wicker, Ms. Collins, Mr. Enzi, Mrs. Capito, Mr. Rubio, Mr. Moran, Mr. Risch, Mr. Grassley, Mr. Roberts, Mr. Cassidy, Mr. Daines, Mr. Graham, Mrs. Ernst, Mr. Barrasso, Mr. McCain, Mr. Cochran, Mr. Lankford, Mr. Scott, Mr. Portman, Mr. Inhofe, Mr. Peters, Mr. Markey, Mr. Bennet, Mr. Casey, Ms. Hassan, Mrs. Feinstein, Mrs. Murray, Mr. Booker, and Mr. Rounds) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to


RESOLUTION

Expressing support for the goals of National Adoption Day and National Adoption Month by promoting national awareness of adoption and the children awaiting families, celebrating children and families involved in adoption, and encouraging the people of the United States to secure safety, permanency, and well-being for all children.

    Whereas there are millions of unparented children in the world, including 427,910 children in the foster care system in the United States, approximately 111,820 of whom are waiting for families to adopt them;

    Whereas 62 percent of the children in foster care in the United States are age 10 or younger;

    Whereas the average length of time a child spends in foster care is approximately 2 years;

    Whereas, for many foster children, the wait for a loving family in which the children are nurtured, comforted, and protected seems endless;

    Whereas, in 2015, over 20,000 youth “aged out” of foster care by reaching adulthood without being placed in a permanent home;

    Whereas, every day, loving and nurturing families are strengthened and expanded when committed and dedicated individuals make an important difference in the life of a child through adoption;

    Whereas, while nearly a quarter of individuals in the United States have considered adoption, a majority of individuals in the United States have misperceptions about the process of adopting children from foster care and the children who are eligible for adoption;

    Whereas 50 percent of individuals in the United States believe that children enter the foster care system because of juvenile delinquency, when in reality the vast majority of children who have entered the foster care system were victims of neglect, abandonment, or abuse;

    Whereas 39 percent of individuals in the United States believe that foster care adoption is expensive, when in reality there is no substantial cost for adopting from foster care and financial support is available to adoptive parents after an adoption is finalized;

    Whereas family reunification, kinship care, and domestic and intercountry adoption promote permanency and stability to a far greater degree than long-term institutionalization or long-term, often disrupted, foster care;

    Whereas November is National Adoption Month, and National Adoption Day occurs in November;

    Whereas National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to find permanent, loving families for children in the foster care system;

    Whereas, since the first National Adoption Day in 2000, more than 60,000 children have joined permanent families on National Adoption Day; and

    Whereas the President traditionally issues an annual proclamation to declare the month of November as National Adoption Month, and National Adoption Day is on November 18, 2017: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate—

(1) supports the goals and ideals of National Adoption Day and National Adoption Month;

(2) recognizes that every child should have a permanent and loving family; and

(3) encourages the people of the United States to consider adoption during the month of November and throughout the year.


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