Texas-based philanthropist and business professional Stacy Stine Cary divides her time between mentoring promising entrepreneurs and supporting a variety of charitable and nonprofit groups. An adoptive parent of two children, Stacy Cary is particularly dedicated to parental rights organizations and adoption-related initiatives such as National Adoption Month.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan launched the first National Adoption Week, which was modeled after the Adoption Week that Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis started in his home state in 1976. President Bill Clinton expanded National Adoption Week to an entire month in 1995, and the initiative has been celebrated each November ever since.
Throughout National Adoption Month, organizations nationwide work to draw attention to the need for adoptive parents for the over 100,000 youth currently waiting for a forever family. One of the biggest events held during National Adoption Month is National Adoption Day, which has taken place every Saturday before Thanksgiving since 2000.
Each year, thousands of children are adopted on National Adoption Day, and the event has helped nearly 50,000 youth find permanent homes since it was first launched. This year, on November 21, 2015, organizations and individuals came together in communities across the United States for National Adoption Day events.