In short, because adoption matters! November is a special month for families and children who have experienced the ups, downs, beauties, and uglies of adoption. National Adoption Month has two main goals: to increase adoption awareness across the nation and eliminate the negative stigma that history has created and to bring attention to the needs of many children who wait for permanent families as well as provide an option for woman experiencing and unplanned pregnancy.
In long, because we need to share, discuss, and celebrate adoption, open our hearts and minds to support for the adoption triad, and it gives the courts the opportunity to focus on adoptions all month long. Why adoption matters also enhances family values and creates greater opportunity to build family.
In our history, adoption has been a taboo subject. It was something that was not openly discussed as if a connection to it brought shame to families. Thankfully, people are becoming more aware of the importance of openness in adoption. It is no longer a taboo subject but one that deserves to be explored, discussed, and celebrated while also acknowledging the hardship and loss that can be involved.
All three components of the adoption triad need support. Th complexity of placing a child for adoption, raising children who were born from other people, and understanding the why and who and how from an adoptee’s point of view deserves a great deal of compassion and support. Helping adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoptees navigate life requires honest and genuine discernment of feelings, thoughts, and attitudes. To believe that “once a child is adopted, he or she will be just fine” is not a true reflection of this human experience. We need to be keenly aware of our own prejudices and misconceived perceptions of what life looks like through the lens of adoption.
Throughout the month of November, juvenile and family courts put extra efforts toward finalizing adoptions. Often, child welfare courts are overburdened with ongoing status hearings. National Adoption Month gives them the opportunity to focus on adoption hearings, and by doing so, children can achieve permanency. In 2017, over 5,000 children were adopted across the nation. Some courts have celebrations that include a party-like atmosphere, making the day even more special for all involved.
How families form, whether they look like each other or not, are from the same region, culture, state or country, and whether the child is with them from birth or joins them later on in life, are all important factors, but not the most important one. Family is family. Adoption affirms this.
The focus on highlighting the needs of foster children whose permanency goal is adoption is a critical aspect of National Adoption Month. In the United States, there are approximately 140,000 children and youth in need of adoption. The impact of making this need known on a national scale has the potential to change the lives of many children and youth.
In sum, National Adoption Month matters because adoption matters. It matters for the child welfare professionals who work hard to advocate for biological parents and foster/adoptive parents. It matters for all people whose lives have been changed for the better through adoption. Most of all, it matters immensely to the children who are still waiting and the birth mothers who find themselves pregnant, unprepared, and looking for options.
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