History of National Adoption Month

National Adoption Month has been celebrated for 19 years. Explore our history!


  • 1970
  • 1976 Michael Dukakis

    Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis announced an Adoption Week in his State to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for children in foster care.

    Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis
  • 1980
  • 1984 Ronald Reagan

    President Reagan proclaimed the first National Adoption Week.

    President Reagan
  • 1990
  • 1995 Bill Clinton

    President Clinton expanded Adoption Awareness Week to the entire month of November.

    President Clinton
  • 1998 Bill Clinton

    President Clinton directed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop a plan to expand the use of the Internet as a tool to find homes for children waiting to be adopted from foster care.

    President Clinton
  • 2000
  • 2008 George W. Bush

    President Bush provided an explanation of National Adoption Month in Spanish.

    President Bush
  • 2010

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