November is National Adoption Awareness Month

Did you know that November is annually recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month?

The specific focus of this month is the adoption of children currently in foster care.

While efforts made at the national level certainly help build awareness, participation in local programs, events, and activities by those of us with a direct connection to adoption can often be the most effective way to promote positive perceptions, expose the myths, and draw attention to the tens of thousands of children in foster care who wait and hope for permanent families.

We can truthfully say that working with foster families to ensure permanency for kids is one of the most rewarding parts of our practice. But we also must acknowledge that every adoption, no matter how wonderful, is rooted in loss.

So, while we are privileged to walk alongside families as they legally become what they already are in love and practice, we will never romanticize this work.

Whether you’re a family that wishes to offer sanctuary to an at-risk child, a “first family” who needs support time and tools to help your family thrive, or an adult adoptee seeking support and information about your experience, know that we can help point you towards helpful resources.

In this season of Thanksgiving, we are grateful for those who open their homes and hearts to waiting children. And we are equally grateful for all of the gifts that these children bring with them. . .