Presidential Proclamation for National Adoption Month

Love this quote from President Obama's proclamation for National Adoption Month:

"The decision to adopt a child has brought profound joy and meaning into the lives of Americans across our country.  Parents are moved to adopt for reasons as unique and varied as the children they embrace, but they are unified by the remarkable grace of their acts.  Adoptive families come in all forms.  With so many children waiting for loving homes, it is important to ensure that all qualified caregivers are given the opportunity to serve as adoptive parents, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or marital status."

The only point I might differ with him on, is that there is grace in the act of adoption. I think most people adopt because we want to parent. We take different paths to choosing to parent through adoption, but I'm not sure it's a decision with any more grace than becoming a parent biologically.

But overall, I thought his sentiment was well expressed. I appreciate that he included reference to children adopted from the U.S. and from abroad. And acknowledging that there are a variety of reasons we walk down this path.

Read the entire proclamation HERE.


  1. Yes, the abroad recognition is appreciated. Recently my husband was talking to some potential customers at a business conference. They were stoked to hear of his being an adoptive father UNTIL he mentioned the abroad adoption from Korea part. Then the people became standoffish & judgmental. Evidently they only support the idea of domestic adoption.

  2. Yet he mentions NOTHING of sealed and amended birth certificates...oh ya, that's right, HE has his.

    There is no grace is sealing a child's original identity, Mr. President.


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