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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 211 / Tuesday, November 1, 2016 / Presidential Documents 76269 Presidential Documents Proclamation 9530 of October 27, 2016 National Adoption Month, 2016 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Across America, adoptive parents welcome children into stable, loving families, providing a safe and comforting place for children in need to call home. Families who choose the life-changing path of adoption make a meaningful and lasting difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable young people in our society. Regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, or religion, devoted Americans who adopt help give more children the upbringing they deserve. Each November, we recognize the important role that adoption has played in the lives of children and families in our country and around the world, and we rededicate ourselves to ensuring every child can find their forever family. Last year, more than 100,000 children were waiting to be adopted from foster care, and every year, too many older youth age out of the foster care system before they are able to find permanence. Without this support during the critical years of early adulthood, these youth are more likely than their peers to experience homelessness, unemployment, or incarceration. To make the possibility of adoption real for more children across our country, my Administration has eliminated barriers to adoption by extending tax credits and providing financial incentives to child welfare agencies in almost every State to maximize adoptions. I have also worked to strengthen Federal workplace flexibility policies to ensure more families, including adoptive families, can keep their jobs and care for their children as their family grows. On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, we also recognize National Adoption Day, kicking off a week of reflection and gratitude for many adoptive families. Each year on this day, thousands of adoptions are finalized, including more than 4,000 children in 2015. This year, cities from coast to coast will host a variety of events to commemorate the occasion. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with D1 One of the most important jobs many of us will ever have is being a parent. Throughout National Adoption Month, we celebrate all those who have invited a child in need into their hearts and into their homes, and we express our profound appreciation for all who help make adoptions possible. Let us continue strengthening the adoption process so that all children can learn, grow, and thrive with the support of a devoted and permanent family. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2016 as National Adoption Month. I encourage all Americans to observe this month by answering the call to find a permanent and caring family for every child in need and by supporting the families who care for them. VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:27 Oct 31, 2016 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\01NOD1.SGM 01NOD1 76270 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 211 / Tuesday, November 1, 2016 / Presidential Documents IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-seventh day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first. [FR Doc. 2016–26526 Filed 10–31–16; 11:15 am] VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:27 Oct 31, 2016 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\01NOD1.SGM 01NOD1 OB#1.EPS</GPH> asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with D1 Billing code 3295–F7–P

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 211 (Tuesday, November 1, 2016)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 76269-76270]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-26526]




                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 81 , No. 211 / Tuesday, November 1, 2016 / 
Presidential Documents

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                Proclamation 9530 of October 27, 2016

                
National Adoption Month, 2016

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                Across America, adoptive parents welcome children into 
                stable, loving families, providing a safe and 
                comforting place for children in need to call home. 
                Families who choose the life-changing path of adoption 
                make a meaningful and lasting difference in the lives 
                of some of the most vulnerable young people in our 
                society. Regardless of sexual orientation, gender 
                identity, race, or religion, devoted Americans who 
                adopt help give more children the upbringing they 
                deserve. Each November, we recognize the important role 
                that adoption has played in the lives of children and 
                families in our country and around the world, and we 
                rededicate ourselves to ensuring every child can find 
                their forever family.

                Last year, more than 100,000 children were waiting to 
                be adopted from foster care, and every year, too many 
                older youth age out of the foster care system before 
                they are able to find permanence. Without this support 
                during the critical years of early adulthood, these 
                youth are more likely than their peers to experience 
                homelessness, unemployment, or incarceration. To make 
                the possibility of adoption real for more children 
                across our country, my Administration has eliminated 
                barriers to adoption by extending tax credits and 
                providing financial incentives to child welfare 
                agencies in almost every State to maximize adoptions. I 
                have also worked to strengthen Federal workplace 
                flexibility policies to ensure more families, including 
                adoptive families, can keep their jobs and care for 
                their children as their family grows.

                On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, we also recognize 
                National Adoption Day, kicking off a week of reflection 
                and gratitude for many adoptive families. Each year on 
                this day, thousands of adoptions are finalized, 
                including more than 4,000 children in 2015. This year, 
                cities from coast to coast will host a variety of 
                events to commemorate the occasion.

                One of the most important jobs many of us will ever 
                have is being a parent. Throughout National Adoption 
                Month, we celebrate all those who have invited a child 
                in need into their hearts and into their homes, and we 
                express our profound appreciation for all who help make 
                adoptions possible. Let us continue strengthening the 
                adoption process so that all children can learn, grow, 
                and thrive with the support of a devoted and permanent 
                family.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the 
                United States, do hereby proclaim November 2016 as 
                National Adoption Month. I encourage all Americans to 
                observe this month by answering the call to find a 
                permanent and caring family for every child in need and 
                by supporting the families who care for them.

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                twenty-seventh day of October, in the year of our Lord 
                two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the 
                United States of America the two hundred and forty-
                first.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. 2016-26526
Filed 10-31-16; 11:15 am]
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