National Adoption Dayby Representative Bill Huizenga
Posted on 2014-11-18
HUIZENGA of Michigan asked and was given permission to address
the House for 1 minute.)
Mr. HUIZENGA of Michigan. Mr. Speaker, I rise today because this
coming Saturday, November 22, is designated as National Adoption Day.
Each year, thousands of families navigate a complicated and expensive adoption process and welcome a much-wanted child into their families and into their lives. This Saturday, we will recognize, honor, and say ``thank you'' to these families.
We will also raise awareness of the over 100,000 children who are currently in the foster care system who have not found permanent homes or a permanent family to belong to. Sadly, 32 percent of these children will wait over 3 years in foster care before being adopted.
Globally, estimates are that there are 153 million orphans. U.S. families have adopted more than 7,000 of these children in 2013, but that is just the start. It may feel and appear to be overwhelming, but we can make a difference one child at a time.
I am proud to report that adoption rates in west Michigan, my hometown area, are among the highest in the country. Since the beginning of 2014, just one west Michigan adoption agency alone has processed 38 domestic infant adoptions, 26 intercountry adoptions, and helped many others.
We want to say thank you to them for their work.