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November 23 is National Adoption Day

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Thursday, November 21, 2013

As the mother of 16 children, many of them adopted and foster children that my husband and I have gladly welcomed into our home and our hearts, National Adoption Day is very close to my heart. Over the years, the Hood family has grown not only in size but in richness and joy, and we are proud to be adoptive parents. Please take some time this Saturday to consider what you can do to help the many children who remain without families, whether it is by donating to an organization like The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, becoming an advocate in your community, or opening your home to those in need.

Thank you,

A Special Message from The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
This Saturday, November 23rd, we will celebrate National Adoption Day and the approximately 4,500 adoptions of children in foster care that will take place in courthouses across the nation. It is a day of celebration as well as a poignant reminder of the nearly 100,000 children in foster care still awaiting their own adoption day.

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute exists because we not only believe that every child needs a family, but also that they can find that family – no matter what their age or circumstances. Toward that goal, we continue to raise awareness of the policy barriers that prevent children in the U.S. and around the word from finding their forever families. We will work daily with policymakers to address these barriers until every last one is removed.

We are pleased to announce the release of our report, What Barriers Remain: Areas of Needed Adoption and Foster Care Reform in the 113th Congress. This report highlights several areas where the U.S. Congress might work to reduce the number of children living without families in the U.S. and abroad. It is our hope that all who read this new report, from Members of Congress to adoptive parents, Members of the Administration to foster youth, will work in partnership with us until every child in need of a family finds permanency.


Invitation to All Bibliophiles!

posted by Karen Jean Matkso Hood
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

As a writer, I have always been passionate about the written word. A deep and abiding love for books is the kind of thing that brings people together from all ages, countries, and walks of life and knits them together into a community that welcomes and revels in exploring their interests together. The dialogues that take place when people discuss their favorite books are always exciting and invigorating, and as someone who loves reading, I would like to open my blog to my fellow bibliophiles far and wide and invite everyone to share your love for reading.

This summer, my family and I read the D’Artagnan novels by Alexandre Dumas for the first time. Most people are only aware of the first and last books in the series, The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask, but there is actually another book called Twenty Years After that takes place between them, and The Man in the Iron Mask is only the last part of a larger novel, The Vicomte de Bragelonne. We read the entire series and enjoyed it immensely. Twenty Years After is an exciting story that pits the musketeers against Mordaunt, the son of their nemesis Milady who is seeking revenge for the death of his mother. The Vicomte de Bragelonne is full of political intrigue that may seem tedious on the surface, but Dumas’s lively prose carries the story smoothly ahead to the exciting conclusion that most readers are more familiar with as The Man in the Iron Mask.

What was your favorite summer read this year? Do you have a favorite book or series that you read every year, perhaps during the lazy, golden days of summer that are so filled with sunshine and magic? Or maybe you’re the type who prefers to curl up with a new book on the cold, gloomy days of autumn and winter. Whatever you love about reading, feel free to share it here, even a favorite news article or recipe you’ve recently discovered! I look forward to discussing the marvelous world of books with all of you.

Karen Hood