CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 831 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, October 27, 2009, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL) on October 14, 2009.
H.Res. 831 would resolve that Congress:
• "Supports the goals and ideals of National Adoption Day and National Adoption Month;
• "Recognizes that every child in foster care deserves a permanent and loving family;
• "Recognizes the significant commitment of taxpayers to support adoption, including the $1,900,000,000 provided to support adoption through the Title IV-E Adoption Assistance program, as well as the assistance provided through the Title IV-E Foster Care program to 130,000 children waiting for adoptive families, among other important programs; and
• "Encourages the citizens of the United States to consider adoption of children in foster care who are waiting for a permanent, loving family."
According to the resolution's findings, 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. November 2009 is National Adoption Month, and November 21, 2009, is National Adoption Day.