National Family Week and National Adoption Week, scheduled during the week of Thanksgiving, are supported by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"The president of the United States has proclaimed the week of Thanksgiving as both National Family Week and National Adoption Week. We join in supporting this fitting recognition of the family and the related practice of adoption," a statement reads."Because the family is the basic unit of society, parents have the foremost responsibility to teach their children values of honesty, decency, responsibility, spiritual awareness and accountability. These values, acquired best in the home through the family, fortify society against the onslaught of immoral teachings and evil practices.

"Adoption is a positive and loving way to build families and provide children with the blessings of family life that may not be otherwise available to them. We commend those who participate in the adoption process.

"May all citizens recognize and support the importance of strong, united, happy families in which both the individual and society are strengthened."