Happy National Adoption Awareness Month!

 

Each Year November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month…

Adoption Month History

The first major effort to promote awareness of adoption occurred in Massachusetts. In 1976, then-Governor Mike Dukakis proclaimed Adoption Week and the idea grew in popularity and spread throughout the nation. President Gerald Ford made the first National Adoption Week proclamation, and in 1990, the week was expanded to a month due to the number of states participating and the number of events.

During the month, states, communities, public and private organizations, businesses, families, and individuals celebrate adoption as a positive way to build families. It also includes National Adoption Day, traditionally a Saturday, which is observed in courthouses across the nation as hundreds of adoptions are finalized simultaneously.

Famous Birth Mom of the Month

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr's story is one of the most controversial of any actress's. She dropped out of high school when she was 17 years old. After a car accident, she was admitted to a mental institution, claiming she was having nightmares and memory loss. She left the institute less than a year later. Soon after, she gave birth to her first daughter, Brandi Brown, and gave her up for adoption. She began working at a restaurant as a dishwasher and waitress. Her hilarious comments to the customers she waited on led her to doing standup comedy at the restaurant. After her first TV appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962) in 1985, she wound up in her own standup comedy HBO show, On Location: The Roseanne Barr Show (1987) (TV). This led to the highly popular sitcom "Roseanne" (1988) , co-starring John Goodman, which dealt with real-life issues in a lower middle-class working family. During its first season on ABC, it leaped to #2. After the sitcom's first season, In 1996, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and won, but she was not there to accept it. After "Roseanne" (1988) was canceled, she went on Broadway to play The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz to rave reviews.

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