November is National Adoption Awareness Month. It is a celebration of the good that adoption does and a call to attention of the needs of children in foster care. National Adoption Awareness Month is celebrated around the country by adoption agencies, courthouses, communities and families.
How It All Started
The history of this celebration goes all the way back to 1976, when Massachusetts governor Mike Dukakis instituted Adoption Week. As enthusiasm for the idea spread, it was declared a national celebration. In 1990, Adoption Week was expanded to become Adoption Awareness Month.
Adoption Awareness Month a Celebration of Love
During November, events are held all around the country, ranging from local community gatherings to public fundraising efforts and recruitment campaigns. Every year on National Adoption Day (which falls on November 18 this year), courthouses around the country celebrate by finalizing adoptions.
This month-long celebration of love and adoption is the perfect time to get involved. Whether you are a birth parent, a foster or adoptive parent, an adopted child or someone who wants to do what they can to help, this month is about spreading awareness and getting foster children into permanent loving homes.
The Benefits of Adoption
The benefits of adoption are undeniable, and children in foster care need loving homes more than ever. Unfortunately, more than 23,000 children age out of the US foster care system every year. When children age out of the system without being adopted, they are far more likely to end up homeless and unemployed.
Foster children who are adopted into permanent homes are more likely to be healthy and active. Getting adopted instantly increases a child’s likelihood to avoid poverty, have good health insurance, eat family dinners and participate in extracurricular activities. The joy an adopted child brings to a family and the knowledge that their life has improved makes adopting a foster child more than worth it.
The mission of National Adoption Awareness Month and Destiny Adoption is to get children adopted to limit their exposure to the negative impact of foster care and prevent them from the struggles of aging out. Destiny Adoption is proud to be an adoption advocate and supporter in the community and to have the privilege to play a role in creating families.
Author: Destiny Adoption Services
Destiny Adoption Services is proud to support and guide birth parents and adoptive families on the journey of adoption. We’re a state licensed nonprofit adoption agency with four decades of adoption experience, and our professional team of experts includes moms, adoptive moms and birth mothers who provide compassion combined with trusted resources and skills.