History of National Adoption Month
National Adoption Month has been celebrated for 19 years. Explore our history!
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.
1984 Ronald Reagan
President Reagan proclaimed the first National Adoption Week.
1995 Bill Clinton
President Clinton expanded Adoption Awareness Week to the entire month of November.
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.
2008 George W. Bush
President Bush provided an explanation of National Adoption Month in Spanish.