WHEREAS, approximately 12,500 children in Michigan live away from their birth families in foster care, and every year an estimated 2,000 children in foster care throughout Michigan are available for adoption; and,
WHEREAS, Adoption Day in Michigan was established by the Michigan Supreme Court and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in 2003; and,
WHEREAS, on November 22, 2016 Michigan courts will celebrate Adoption Day by finalizing adoptions; and,
WHEREAS, on this day, Michigan courts and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are holding special events for adoptive families and providing educational materials regarding the adoption process; and,
WHEREAS, Adoption Day provides us the opportunity to join with the Michigan courts and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in this special observance, which reflects respect and appreciation for adoptive families for their contributions to children who have been in foster care in Michigan and were available for adoption;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 22, 2016 as Adoption Day in Michigan.