November is National Adoption Month and today, November 21, 2015, is National Adoption Day.  A Presidential Proclamation recognizes and celebrates adoption stating:

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION

All young people deserve a safe place to live, and with each passing year, more children know the warmth and comfort of a loving family thanks to adoptive parents.  People who adopt do so for a variety of reasons, but they are united in the kindness and devotion they show toward children — the people who need it most.  During National Adoption Month, we recognize the selflessness of adoptive families, and we thank them for opening their hearts and their doors to young people in need of a safe, stable place to call home.

More than 400,000 children are in foster care across America today, and over 100,000 of these children are waiting for an adoptive home.  Last year, over 23,000 youth aged out of the foster care system without having found their forever families.  When people adopt, they open up a world of promise and possibility by providing a steady, supportive environment for youth to live in.  November 21 marks National Adoption Day, when we unite as families, advocates, and communities — and as a country — to raise awareness of the barriers to adoption and recommit ourselves to moving more of our young people into permanent homes.

My Administration is dedicated to supporting adoptive parents and making it easier for families to adopt.  Earlier this year, I implemented new Federal Government leave policies aimed at expanding workplace flexibility and helping employees who are balancing the needs of their family, including the birth or adoption of a child, with the demands of their job.  I was proud to permanently extend the Adoption Tax Credit, which helps provide necessary financial support to adoptive families to ease the economic burden of the adoption process.  And last summer, the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act went into effect — a law I signed to enforce our high legal standards for adoption service providers and to protect parents and children of adoptive families around the world.

Families across our country won a victory earlier this year when the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees marriage equality — affirming the notion that LGBT couples deserve to be treated equally.  This ruling was a victory for same-sex couples who have fought for equality and for children whose parents’ marriages will now be recognized as legitimate throughout America.  And because of the ruling, more kids in foster care will now have the chance to be welcomed into a loving and supportive family to call their own.

As we come together to give thanks and show our appreciation for the professionals who work tirelessly to ensure the adoption process runs smoothly and efficiently, we celebrate the stories of those who have been permanently and positively affected by adoption.  During National Adoption Month, let us embrace the unique place adoptive families have in America, and let us extend our fullest gratitude to all those who have welcomed home a child in need.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2015 as National Adoption Month. I encourage all Americans to observe this month by answering the call to find a permanent and caring family for every child in need and by supporting the families who care for them.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.

BARACK OBAMA

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Leslie Spoltore is a Partner with the law firm Fox Rothschild LLP.  Leslie practices in Fox Rothschild’s Wilmington, Delaware office.  You can reach Leslie at (302) 622-4203, or lspoltore@foxrothschild.com.

November has been declared National Adoption Month with November 21st designated specifically as National Adoption Day.  The designation of National Adoption Month and National Adoption Day serve to raise awareness about the thousands of children in foster care across the country who await permanent, loving homes and families. This year National Adoption Month focuses on the adoption of older youth currently in foster care.  For more information on National Adoption Month please visit: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/adoption/nam/about/promoting/.

According to the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families, on any given day there are approximately 50 children in Delaware waiting for an adoptive family.  For more information on foster children in Delaware who are available for adoption please visit http://kids.delaware.gov/heartgallery/heartgallery.shtml. For more information on filing a petition for adoption please visit http://courts.delaware.gov/Help/Adoption/index.stm.

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Leslie Spoltore is a Partner with the law firm Fox Rothschild LLP.  Leslie practices in Fox Rothschild’s Wilmington, Delaware office.  You can reach Leslie at (302) 622-4203, or lspoltore@foxrothschild.com.

Many families are built or extended through adoption. Most people are familiar with the purpose and nature of adoption – the creation of a permanent parent/child relationship between a child and the adopting parent(s).  When a child is adopted he or she is thereafter considered the child of the adopting parent(s) and is entitled to the same rights and privileges as if he or she were born to the adopting parent(s).  This includes the right to inherit by or through the adoptive parents(s).

Most people think of this process or are familiar with adoption as it relates to infants or children.  What many people may not know is that Delaware law also provides for the adoption of a person 18 years of age or over – an adult adoption.  Just as with the adoption of a child, when the decree of adoption issues for a person over the age of  18 “all the duties, rights, privileges and obligations recognized by law between parent and child shall exist between the [adoptive parent(s)] and the person or persons adopted, as fully and to all intents and purposes as if such person or persons were the lawful and natural offspring or issue of the petitioner or petitioners.”  13 Del. C. §954.  An adult adoption may be appropriate in a number of situations.  For example, a person with a strong bond to the step-parent who helped to raise them may want and may choose to have that relationship formally recognized after they turn 18. In addition, and depending on the circumstances, the recognition of that parent/child relationship may also provide assistance in estate planning.

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Leslie Spoltore is a Partner with the law firm Fox Rothschild LLP.  Leslie practices in Fox Rothschild’s Wilmington, Delaware office.  You can reach Leslie at (302) 622-4203, or lspoltore@foxrothschild.com.

November has been declared National Adoption Month! A Proclamation signed by President Obama designates November as National Adoption Month and states:

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION

Every year, adoptive parents welcome tens of thousands of children and teenagers into supportive and loving families.
These mothers and fathers provide their sons and daughters with the security and stability of a safe environment and the opportunity to learn, grow, and achieve their full potential. During National Adoption Month, we honor those who have opened their hearts and their homes, and we recommit to supporting all children still in need of a place to call their own.

Over the past decade, more than 500,000 children have been adopted. However, there are still too many children waiting to be part of an adoptive family. This month — on the Saturday before Thanksgiving — we will observe the 15th annual National Adoption Day, a nationwide celebration that brings together policymakers, practitioners, and advocates to finalize thousands of adoptions and to raise awareness of those still in need of permanent homes.

To help ensure there is a permanent home for every child, my Administration is investing in programs to reduce the amount of time children in foster care wait for adoption and to educate adoptive families about the diverse needs of their children, helping ensure stability and permanency. We are equipping State and local adoption organizations with tools to provide quality mental health services to children who need them, and — because we know the importance of sibling relationships — we are encouraging efforts to keep brothers and sisters together. Additionally, last year I was proud to permanently extend the Adoption Tax Credit to provide relief to adoptive families. By supporting policies that remove barriers to adoption, we give hope to children across America. For all those who yearn for the comfort of family, we must continue our work to increase the opportunities for adoption and make sure all capable and loving caregivers have the ability to bring a child into their life, regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation, or marital status.

Throughout November, we recognize the thousands of parents and kids who have expanded their families to welcome a new child or sibling, as well as the professionals who offer guidance, resources, and counseling every day. Let us reaffirm our commitment to provide all children with every chance to reach their dreams and realize their highest aspirations.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2014 as National Adoption Month. I encourage all Americans to observe this month by answering the call to find a permanent and caring family for every child in need, and by supporting the families who care for them.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.

BARACK OBAMA

 

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Leslie Spoltore is a Partner with the law firm Fox Rothschild LLP.  Leslie practices in Fox Rothschild’s Wilmington, Delaware office.  You can reach Leslie at (302) 622-4203, or lspoltore@foxrothschild.com.

 

According to the Delaware Office of the Child Advocate, 100 foster children were adopted in Delaware in 2012.  Presently, there are 38 children in foster care who are awaiting adoptive homes and 20 more children with a goal of adoption.

Anyone interested in learning more about Delaware’s children and the adoption process in Delaware is invited to attend the Adoption Information Fair.  The Fair will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. at Delaware State University, 1200 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, Delaware.

November has been declared National Adoption Month with November 23rd designated specifically as National Adoption Day.  The designation of National Adoption Month and National Adoption Day serve to raise awareness about the thousands of children in foster care across the country who await permanent loving homes and families.

Perhaps this Editorial found in The New Yorker described the wonder of adoption best in stating,

Both the courage and trust of those who place their babies for adoption and the enthusiasm of those who adopt them are overwhelmingly vindicated by the tens of thousands of successful adoptions that take place in this country every year.

In Delaware, petitions for adoption are heard in the Family Court.  In many instances, if the adoptive family wishes, the process of finalizing an adoption concludes with a touching adoption ceremony where family and friends can be present for the happy event.

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Leslie Spoltore is an attorney with the law firm Fox Rothschild LLP.  Leslie practices in Fox Rothschild’s Wilmington, Delaware office.  You can reach Leslie at (302) 622-4203, or lspoltore@foxrothschild.com.