Dr. Boozman's Check-up

As we prepare our grocery lists for Thanksgiving we are reminded of the things for which we are thankful. This year I am grateful for a Razorback SEC football win, my health and my family. However, there are many children who don’t have the opportunity to be thankful for a family. These are our nation’s children in foster care. 

In Arkansas there are more than 3,000 children in our foster care system. Many of these children and youth are waiting for adoption and dreaming to be part of a loving family. 

To raise awareness, I cosponsored the Senate- passed resolution recognizing November as National Adoption Month and Saturday, November 22nd as National Adoption Day.  This campaign strives to share the many positive adoption stories, clear up the misconceptions of adoption and to bring attention to the children who are awaiting permanent families. I am proud to support the bipartisan resolution in hopes of encouraging families in Arkansas, and across the country, to open their hearts and homes and give the blessing of a bright future. 

Arkansas has excellent adoption advocacy groups and forever families. Due to their dedication to children, over the past several years these crusaders have been distinguished for their efforts by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, which coordinates the Angels in Adoption program. We are blessed to have so many Arkansans willing to share their love and their homes. 

Every child deserves the love and support of a family. We must work diligently to make that a reality. Families across Arkansas are committed to sharing their love with children who need parents. As a member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, I’m committed to creating an environment that encourages adoption and ensure that parents receive guidance, support, and an efficient and secure adoption process.