Proclamation 5570 -- National Adoption Week, 1986
the President of the
The family is the most important unit in society, because belonging to a family is so important to the individual. We all need the love and the nurture of a family. Children belong in a family, where they can be cared for and taught the moral values and traditions that give order and stability to our lives and to society as a whole. Many adults, who cannot have children or who have room in their hearts for more of them, desire the special joy of sharing their homes with children who would otherwise have none. For these families, adoption represents a happy marriage of personal needs that serves society's larger interests as well.
the many parents who want and wait for children and the perfect gift of life
adoption can represent, it has tended to become the forgotten option in
More and more Americans are also encouraging adoption as the best solution for single women facing crisis pregnancies. Thousands upon thousands of Americans long for children even as more than 4,000 unborn babies perish in our country each day by abortion. As a people we must do more to give all the support we can, during and after pregnancy, to the courageous and compassionate mothers who choose adoption as a means of giving their little ones a lifetime of love with a permanent family.
has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold,'' wrote Zelda
Fitzgerald. We do well during this Thanksgiving season to remember that the
human heart can hold a great deal indeed. Let us call to mind the children,
both here in the
Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 306, has designated the week beginning
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this thirteenth day of November,
in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-six, and of the
with the Office of the Federal Register, ,