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WASHINGTON, D.C., November 8, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – President Trump praised adoption as a “true blessing” in a proclamation declaring November National Adoption Month.

“During National Adoption Month, we celebrate the thousands of families who have expanded through adoption, and we acknowledge the strength and resiliency of the children who are still waiting to find their forever home,” said Trump.

“My administration recognizes the profound importance of adoption for the American family,” said Trump. “Adoption is a life-changing and life-affirming act that signals that no child in America – born or unborn – is unwanted or unloved.”

“Adoptive parents are a selfless and loving part of God's plan for their future children,” he said.

Trump said that during National Adoption Month his administration will “focus on our commitment to helping older youth experience the transformative value of permanency and love.”

“We never outgrow the need for family, and older youth who are adopted are more likely to finish high school and feel emotionally secure than those who age out of foster care without a permanent family,” he said.

Trump noted that adoption can prevent older youth from experiencing homelessness and being incarcerated.

Adoption is “an act of love that provides deserving young people with the foundation they need to achieve their potential and pursue the American Dream,” he said. “I encourage all Americans to observe this month by helping children in need of a permanent home secure a more promising future with a forever family, so they may enter adulthood with the love we all deserve.”

There are around 400,000 children in the U.S. foster system right now. More than 100,000 are waiting to be adopted.

Natalie Brumfield, a pro-life activist with Bound4Life, wrote that the day she and her husband adopted Braxton, the boy they were fostering, was “easily one of the greatest days of our lives.”

“I’ll never stop thanking God for my husband and my beautiful son and all the other children He brings to us however He wants to bring them,” wrote Brumfield. “Adoption is a miracle. Adoption was planned before the earth was even formed.”