What is National Adoption Month and Why is it Important?
The month of November is home to many events. The end of fall, Thanksgiving, and National Adoption Month. Of all of these events, National Adoption Month probably isn’t the first thing you think about. Perhaps you weren’t even aware that there wasa National Adoption month, let alone that it was in November.
Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place. Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri is here to help inform you about the wonder of National Adoption Month and why it’s so important to both know about and celebrate. Let’s start with what exactly this theme of November is all about and where it began.
What is National Adoption Month?
It all started in 1976. Massachusetts’ Mike Dukakis, who was the governor at the time, announced the idea of the nation’s first ever Adoption Week. His concept quickly grew in popularity across the United States. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan expanded on this and created the first National Adoption Week. Then, in 1995, President Bill Clinton changed it from a week to the whole month of November.
Why is National Adoption Month so Important?
As a whole, National Adoption Month is dedicated to spreading awareness about adoption. The existence of birth mothers, adoptive parents and adoptees and the need for children to find loving homes. It also promotes the importance of all members in the adoption triad establishing strong and healthy relationships with each other. These relationships, in turn, will guarantee that the adoption journey will run smoother and be more successful.
During the month of November, if you or someone you know is wanting to begin the adoption process, attend a local adoption-related event in person or online. Watch a movie or read a book that is dedicated to teaching you about adoption — whether fiction or nonfiction. Find a support group specifically for birth mothers, adoptive parents or adoptees. Reach out to trusted friends and family to start building the support system you will need as you embark on your adoption journey. These can all prove to be invaluable resources.
You can also contact our adoption center in Kansas and Missouri. We are just a phone call away and would love to share with you all the details related to the adoption process, our services and what it would look like to work with our adoption professionals.
Learn More about Adoption this November
If you are a birth mother who is considering adoption for your child and wanting to learn more about what that all entails, this November would be an amazing time for you to start. There are many different resources available for you, such as support groups, adoption seminars and other adoption-related events. See what your community is offering or what virtual opportunities are available to you. It could really be a gamechanger and relieve a lot of your anxiety and stress about placing your baby for adoption.
Meet the Author: Gabrielle Willis is a lover of writing and knowledge, which shows in her everyday life. She graduated with a Bachelors in English in 2013, and recently graduated with a Masters in Creative Writing. She has also worked in the education sector for over 10 years, recently becoming a Literacy Tutor. At her core, her passion is reading and writing, and she loves sharing that with others.
She enjoys helping those considering adoption or going through the adoption process any way she can. This internship opportunity truly resonated with her and she hopes that her words will connect and inspire everyone who reads them.