November is National Adoption Month

Happy National Adoption Month!

This November marks the 20th anniversary of National Adoption Awareness Month.

November is a time for giving thanks. It is a time for family, love, and celebration. This National Adoption Month, we thank you for allowing us to be a part of your adoption journey and we invite you to celebrate all of the lifelong connections that have been made through adoption.

We devote this month to the courageous birth mothers who have made the selfless choice to give their child a future they are not able to provide at the time of birth. We also dedicate this month to the loving adoptive parents who provided a loving, stable and secure life for their children. We celebrate the adoptive parents that relate to their child’s story with empathy, and who understand the brave, selfless and courageous decision the birth parents made for their child’s future. Most of all, we celebrate the adopted children around the world who continue to fill our hearts with their stories, day-in and day-out.

National Adoption Awareness Month is about the celebration of adoption, but it is also about educating others regarding the positive aspects of adoption. This month, Adoptions With Love hopes to raise awareness about adoption, adoptive families, and the children in need of loving, permanent homes. We invite you to join us. If you would like to share your adoption story with us or with others, please email our team at info@awlonline.org.

How did National Adoption Awareness Month begin?

In 1976, the governor of Massachusetts, Michael Dukakis, announced a statewide Adoption Awareness Week.  It was not until November 1984, however, that President Ronald Reagan declared the first National Adoption Week, giving special acknowledgment to those who are rebuilding families all over the country through adoption. He proclaimed:

“National Adoption Week gives us an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to give every child waiting to be adopted the chance to become part of a family. During this Thanksgiving season, let us work to encourage community acceptance and support for adoption… Most importantly, let us pay tribute to those special couples who have opened their homes and hearts to adopted children, forming the bonds of love that we call the family.”

Families have long stood as the pillars of our communities and children have long been our highest hope for the future. President Clinton knew this when in 1995; he expanded Adoption Awareness Week to the entire month of November, which has continued now for twenty years. Clinton affirmed:

“For many people across the United States, adoption provides a means for building and strengthening families. It places children into loving, permanent homes where they can flourish and grow up to become happy, healthy, productive members of our national community. Adoption also enables adults to experience the unique joys of parenthood.”

What is the meaning of National Adoption Month 2015?

This year, National Adoption Awareness Month is focused on our nation’s population of older youth in foster care who are still in need of a loving, supportive family. Children usually enter the foster care system when their parents are unable to care for them. They are often neglected in this system, and left only hoping for the love and stability they deserve. Each year, 23,000 youth are released from foster homes without having a permanent family living arrangement to fall back on. This month, campaigns will be made in efforts to move children from the foster care system to a secure and lasting home.

How can we help?

Making a private adoption plan is one way to prevent children from ever entering the foster care system. That is why Adoptions With Love is committed to working with expectant/birth parents as they make a choice for their child. By helping them to design an adoption plan, we can ensure that their child will be loved unconditionally.

This choice is not an easy decision to make. That is why National Adoption Month honors those birth parents that have made this inspirational choice to design an adoption plan for their baby. By working with adoption professionals to create this plan, expectant/birth mothers are able to choose an adoptive family for their baby, secure their child’s future, and give their child the life that he or she deserves.

Open adoption is one way that many birth mothers ease their feelings about adoption. Open adoption allows them to maintain contact with the adoptive parents of their child and stay aware of the child’s growth. We would love to hear about your open adoption plan, and how it has developed over the years.

How can you help?

Adoption gives children in need love and opportunity. Those that have not been touched by adoption may not fully understand the adoption process, how it works, and what can come of it. We welcome you to share your thoughts, feelings, and stories about the adoption journey, to help others see the benefits of the adoption.

Let us celebrate these 30 days of November together. If you would like more information on National Adoption Awareness Month, or how you can get involved, contact us directly at 1-800-722-7731.

We look forward to hearing from you!


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