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Adopt US Kids is the name of the long-awaited government-sponsored Web site bringing together information from across the nation about waiting children in the U.S. foster care system, and making it accessible to those hoping to offer children a permanent family.

The announcement was made simultaneously by President Bush and Tommy G. Thompson, Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services, on July 23, 2002.
Not everyone sees the initiative as new or particularly beneficial, including William L. Pierce in his comments in the National Review.


In his remarks, President Bush said,
"Children thrive in secure, loving and stable homes. Providing that kind of home through adoption can be a long and a time-consuming process. I understand that. Adopting a child can add to the normal challenges of one's daily life. I fully understand that, as well. Yet adoption changes a single life forever, and it brings countless blessings to the lives of parents."


The President introduced actor Bruce Willis, whom he has named the new national Spokesperson for Children in Foster Care. Willis said,
"I realized that too many children in foster care are falling through the cracks, and many are leaving the system as young adults without any support to help them reach their full potential. I also learned that there are many, many people in this country who would welcome the chance to help children in foster care, if only someone showed them how they could do it."


Willis was joined by one of his daughters in making a public service announcement which will be part of a campaign to draw attention to the need for adoptive and foster families.

The new site is a cooperative effort between the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) in the public sector, and the National Adoption Center in the private sector.

Adopt US Kids is an ambitious venture, combining resources created by the National Adoption Center (like Faces of Adoption and The Learning Center) with the resources and funding available through the HHS. The result is an Internet center that hopes to reach families, states, and adoption exchanges with accurate information, training, and educational opportunities.

Secretary Thompson said,
"This site is an example of using technology for a very compassionate purpose -- linking families with waiting children. This administration is committed to helping our nation's children in the foster care system be adopted into loving, caring homes. This new Web site is one important way we are achieving that goal."


There are currently over 130,000 children and youth in the U.S. foster care system who are waiting for families.

The URL for the new website is http://www.adoptuskids.org.

Resources:
• Full text of President Bush's remarks
• Press release from the Department of Health and Human Services

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