What is National Adoption Month?
In November of each year adoptees, birth families, adoptive families and adoption professionals take time to celebrate adoption, reflect on adoption practices and its lifelong effects on families and children, and to educate ourselves about topics surrounding adoption.
Over two decades, National Adoption Month has been promoted and celebrated every November in communities across the nation. Many national, state, and local agencies as well as foster, kinship care, and adoptive family groups will help spread the word through programs, events, and activities that help raise awareness for thousands of children in foster care who are waiting for permanent, loving families.
- 1976- Massachusetts Governor, Michael Dikakis, announced an Adoption Week to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for children in foster care.
- 1984- President Reagan proclaimed the first National Adoption Week.
- 1995- President Clinton expanded the awareness week to the entire month of November.
- 1998- President Clinton directed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop a plan to expand a plan to expand the use of the internet as a tool to find homes for children waiting to be adopted from foster care.
Why do we celebrate National Adoption Month?
We believe National Adoption Month should be celebrated to shine a light on adoption. More specifically to:
- Honor families that have grown through adoption.
- Recognize the hundreds of thousands of children waiting for the permanent families.
- Spread Awareness.
- Advocate for the well-being and future of children in foster care.
- Encourage our neighborhoods, communities, cities and states to take a stand.
- Ask our businesses and companies to support adoption.
- Provide everyone with the opportunity to get involved.
This month we will also be spotlighting some personal stories of adoption from FPC staff and volunteers with guests posts right here on our blog. We hope that we can erase the stigma that unfortunately is still attached to adoption and shine a light on the beauty of it.