Did you know that November 2019 is National Adoption Month?

National Adoption Month has been celebrated in November for more than 20 years. Its purpose is to inform and educate the community about the many foster children who need “forever families.”

On November 12, 2019, Vice President Mike Pence spoke about National Adoption Month in an appearance at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Vice President Pence said:

“Last year, President Trump signed into law the Family First Prevention Act, which matches federal funds with state programs to help parents get the help they need to keep their children at home, to keep them safe from substance abuse and the challenges of mental illness.  It’s expanded resources to combat substance abuse and provide mental health services and family counseling at the state level across this country.”

The Vice President noted that this year, the number of children placed into foster care has declined, which is an encouraging sign. The Vice President added that in 2018, a record number of children were adopted through the foster care system. Furthermore, the Vice President vowed that “under this President and this Vice President and our entire administration, we’re going to continue to work to expand adoption for families all across America.”