National Adoption Month

Here at the Center for Children, Law and Policy, there are a lot of projects the scholars have taken on. From writing policy statements to creating juvenile representation handbooks, our overall hope is that all the work we do will create a better world for children.

Today I want to encourage our readers to remember the change adoption can bring to a child’s though. According to the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, there are 107,000 children and youth in the foster care system waiting for families to adopt them. When a family adopts, they are changing a child’s life by giving them parents, a home, and the reaffirmation that the world cares about the hurt and lost.

November is National Adoption Month and there are events all across the country to educate and encourage people about the benefits of adoption. If you live in Texas, here is a list of all the National Adoption Month activities around the state.

Finally, Saturday, November 19, 2011 is National Adoption Day, and many courts around the country will be opening their doors to finalize the adoption of foster children. I strongly encourage everyone to look and see if there is anything going on in your city and how you can participate.

Put your words into action. When we say we care about children, it should also include the children without families.

A Pageant Problem

According to cable television, chronicling compulsive moms obsessed with priming their young daughters with glitz and glamour makes for good television. Having now been on air for two years, TLC’s Toddlers and Tiaras is

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revolved around the world of child beauty pageants, the child contestants and their families. Another recently debuted show is Lifetime’s Dance Moms which follows children in the dance show business and the mothers who support them.

Yet every time I attempt to watch either show, I barely make it to the next commercial break before changing the channel. And I’m not the only one bothered by the extremity of both the shows and the child pageant/performance industry.

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