Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Murray County Catholic Charities Celebrates National Adoption Month

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Catholic Charities recognizes November as National Adoption Month by inviting families from across Southern Minnesota who have built their families through adoption and those that are waiting for a child to join in celebrating on November 18. Catholic Charities is hosting the Second Annual Adoption Day Celebration with a family day at Pax Christi Catholic Church 4135 18th Avenue Northwest, Rochester to celebrate adoption for the wonderful outcome it is for babies, their birth parents and adoptive parents. Adoption is a loving creation of two families who share the desire to provide the very best for a child.

Lunch and fellowship will be from noon to 1:00 p.m. Storyteller Peter Danielson will be at 1:00 p.m. Family activities will run from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. RSVP is required to 507-287-2047 with the number coming for lunch and the age of the children attending.

National Adoption Week was first proclaimed in 1976. The number of states that designated a special week to recognize the practice of adoption gradually increased leading to National Adoption Month in 1990. The focus of National Adoption Month is to increase awareness of adoption as a way to build a family.

In the last decade the annual number of adoptions of American born children has remained between 50,000 and 60,000. These have been equally divided between adoptions of infants and adoptions of older children. In some parts of the country on the Saturday before Thanksgiving (November 18) courts will open their doors to finalize the adoption of hundreds of children from foster care. There are 119,000 foster children waiting in the United States for permanent families. Murray County News
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