Summary

H.Res. 809: Supporting the goals and ideals of National Adoption Day and National Adoption Month by promoting national awareness of adoption and the children in foster care awaiting... Read More

Status

This resolution was introduced on Nov 15, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Date Introduced
Nov 15, 2012

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RESOLUTION

Supporting the goals and ideals of National Adoption Day and National Adoption Month by promoting national awareness of adoption and the children in foster care awaiting families, celebrating children and families involved in adoption, recognizing current programs and efforts designed to promote adoption, and encouraging people in the United States to seek improved safety, permanency, and well-being for all children.

Whereas there are 400,540 children in the foster care system in the United States, approximately 104,000 of whom are waiting for families to adopt them; Whereas 59 percent of the children in foster care 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 permanent, adoptive, ``forever'' family in which they are loved, nurtured, comforted, and protected seems endless; Whereas the number of youth who ``age out'' of the foster care system by reaching adulthood without being placed in a permanent home has increased by more than 55 percent since 1999, and more than 27,000 foster youth ``aged out'' of foster care during 2010; 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 3 in 10 people in the United States have considered adoption, a majority of them have misconceptions about the process of adopting children from foster care and the children who are eligible for adoption; Whereas...

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Bill Summary

H.Res. 809: Supporting the goals and ideals of National Adoption Day and National Adoption Month by promoting national awareness of adoption and the children in foster care awaiting families, celebrating children and families involved in adoption, recognizing current programs and efforts designed to promote adoption, and encouraging people in the United States to seek improved safety, permanency, and well-being for all children.

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