A Thanksgiving message from Senator John Boozman

As we’re gathered to give thanks for our families and the good things in life this Thanksgiving it’s important to remember those people who aren’t as fortunate.

 Every day, nearly 700 children enter the national foster care system because of abuse or neglect; 3,485 children enter into the system per week. An estimated 3,500 children are currently in the Arkansas foster care system.

 To raise awareness of this issue, Congress passed a resolution recognizing November as National Adoption Month and November 17th as National Adoption Day.

 National Adoption Day has made a positive impact on the lives of thousands of children. Since its creation in 2000, more than 35,000 adoptions have been finalized and celebrated on this day.

 I am encouraged by the great work being done and excited to be a part of raising awareness on this important issue. We are blessed in Arkansas to have outstanding advocates of adoption and people who are crusaders for children who need a family.

 Every child deserves the love and support of a family and I believe that we must work to make that a reality. Families across Arkansas are committed to sharing their love with children who need parents.

 This Thanksgiving, let’s recognize the importance families play in our lives and how fortunate we are to have their support. As we give thanks for all that we have been provided this year, we also must remember those who are looking for loving families and explore opportunities we can offer to children in need of a permanent home.