[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 212 (Wednesday, November 4, 2009)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 57227-57228]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-26759]

                        Presidential Documents 

Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 212 / Wednesday, November 4, 2009 / 
Presidential Documents

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                Proclamation 8445 of October 30, 2009

National Adoption Month, 2009

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                All children deserve a safe, loving family to protect 
                and care for them. In America, thousands of young 
                people are waiting for that opportunity. During 
                National Adoption Month, we honor those families that 
                have strengthened America through adoption, and we 
                recommit to reducing the number of children awaiting 
                adoption into loving families.

                America is a country rich in resources and filled with 
                countless caring men and women who hope to adopt. These 
                individuals come from all walks of life, united in 
                their commitment to love a child who is in need of the 
                protective arms of a parent. We must do more to ensure 
                that adoption is a viable option for them. By 
                continually opening up the doors to adoption, and 
                supporting full equality in adoption laws for all 
                American families, we allow more children to find the 
                permanent homes they yearn for and deserve.

                This month, we also focus on children in foster care. 
                These children are not in the system by their own 
                choosing, but are forced into it by unfortunate or 
                tragic circumstances. These young people have specific 
                needs and require unique support. Federal, State, and 
                local governments, communities, and individuals all 
                have a role to play in ensuring that foster children 
                have the resources and encouragement they need to 
                realize their hopes and dreams.

                The course of our future will depend on what we do to 
                help the next generation of Americans succeed. This 
                month, we celebrate those families brought together by 
                adoption and renew our commitments to children in the 
                foster care system.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the 
                United States, do hereby proclaim November 2009 as 
                National Adoption Month. I call upon all Americans to 
                observe this month by reaching out to support and honor 
                adoptive families, as well as to participate actively 
                in efforts to find permanent homes for waiting 

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                thirtieth day of October, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. E9-26759
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