November is National Adoption Awareness Month, with an emphasis on adopting children who are in foster care.
Children enter the foster care system for a number of reasons, and not all children in care are eligible for adoption. However, adoption is an option for thousands of children and teens in our country, and November is a time to think about this way of building a family.
If you are an adoptive parent, know you have my respect and appreciation. Adoption often comes with extra layers of relationships to sort out, and it is important to create and build an ongoing support system for yourself and your family.
For more information about creating activities to support National Adoption Awareness month, check out this free toolkit. If you are an adoptive parent, grandparent, kinship provider, or want to increase awareness about adoption in your family, check out this Adoption Awareness Calendar. Many of the activities can be done by any family, such as brainstorm and create a new family tradition, send thank-you cards to your local foster care office, or watch an adoption-related movie with your family.
Increasing awareness about adoption helps everyone. Think how you can take one step this month to become more educated about adoption, increase your family’s awareness about adoption, celebrate your adoption story, or help others to learn more about adoption.