Text: H.Res.433 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)

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[Congressional Bills 112th Congress]
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[H. Res. 433 Introduced in House (IH)]

112th CONGRESS
  1st Session
H. RES. 433

 Supporting the goals and ideals of National Adoption Day and National 
  Adoption Month by promoting national awareness of adoption and the 
  children in foster care awaiting families, celebrating children and 
families involved in adoption, recognizing current programs and efforts 
  designed to promote adoption, and encouraging people in the United 
  States to seek improved safety, permanency, and well-being for all 
                               children.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                            October 12, 2011

 Mrs. Bachmann (for herself and Ms. Bass of California) submitted the 
following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Education 
                           and the Workforce

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                               RESOLUTION


 
 Supporting the goals and ideals of National Adoption Day and National 
  Adoption Month by promoting national awareness of adoption and the 
  children in foster care awaiting families, celebrating children and 
families involved in adoption, recognizing current programs and efforts 
  designed to promote adoption, and encouraging people in the United 
  States to seek improved safety, permanency, and well-being for all 
                               children.

Whereas there are over 423,000 children in the foster care system in the United 
        States, and more than 114,000 of whom are waiting for families to adopt 
        them;
Whereas 56 percent of the children in foster care are age 10 or younger;
Whereas the average length of time a child spends in foster care is more than 2 
        years;
Whereas for many foster children, the wait for a permanent, adoptive, 
        ``forever'' family in which they are loved, nurtured, comforted, and 
        protected seems endless;
Whereas the number of youth who ``age out'' of the foster care system by 
        reaching adulthood without being placed in a permanent home has 
        increased by more than 55 percent since 1999, as more than 27,000 foster 
        youth ``aged out'' of foster care during 2010;
Whereas every day loving and nurturing families are strengthened and expanded 
        when committed and dedicated individuals make an important difference in 
        the life of a child through adoption;
Whereas while 3 in 10 people in the United States have considered adoption, a 
        majority of them have misconceptions about the process of adopting 
        children from foster care and the children who are eligible for 
        adoption;
Whereas 71 percent of those who have considered adoption consider adopting 
        children from foster care above other forms of adoption;
Whereas 45 percent of people in the United States believe that children enter 
        the foster care system because of juvenile delinquency, when in reality 
        the vast majority of children in the foster care system were victims of 
        neglect, abandonment, or abuse;
Whereas 46 percent of people in the United States believe that foster care 
        adoption is expensive, when in reality there is no substantial cost for 
        adopting from foster care, and financial support in the form of an 
        adoption assistance subsidy is available to adoptive families of 
        eligible children adopted from foster care and continues after the 
        adoption is finalized until the child is 18, so that income will not be 
        a barrier to becoming a parent to a foster child who needs to belong to 
        a family;
Whereas significant tax credits are available to families who adopt children 
        with special needs;
Whereas the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children 
        and Families, in a partnership with the Ad Council, supports a national 
        recruitment campaign for adoptive parents;
Whereas the Collaboration to AdoptUsKids features a photolisting Web site for 
        waiting foster children and prospective adoptive families at 
        www.adoptuskids.org, and in Spanish at www.adopte1.org;
Whereas National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to find permanent, 
        loving families for children in the foster care system;
Whereas since the first National Adoption Day in 2000, over 30,000 children have 
        joined forever families during National Adoption Day;
Whereas in 2010, adoptions were finalized for 4,800 children through National 
        Adoption Day events in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and 
        Puerto Rico;
Whereas National Adoption Month celebrates the gift of adoption, recognizing the 
        adoptive and foster families who share their hearts and homes with 
        children in need, and raises awareness of the need for families for the 
        many waiting children, particularly older children and teens, children 
        of color, members of sibling groups, and children with physical and 
        emotional challenges; and
Whereas November 2011 is National Adoption Month and November 19, 2011, is 
        National Adoption Day, and activities and information about both are 
        available at www.childwelfare.gov/adoption/nam/activities.cfm: Now, 
        therefore, be it
    Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
            (1) supports the goals and ideals of National Adoption Day 
        and National Adoption Month;
            (2) recognizes that every child in foster care deserves a 
        permanent and loving family; and
            (3) encourages the citizens of the United States to 
        consider adoption of children in foster care who are waiting 
        for a permanent, loving family.
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