Why Adoption Awareness Month is Important

When you think of November, you probably think of many different “warming” feelings – crisp leaves, pumpkin pie, apple cider, Thanksgiving and spending time with family. Though many people consider the kick off of the holiday season the most joyous time of the year, it is unfortunately a very difficult time for the thousands of children in the foster care system who do not have a stable family to go home to. November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness month focused particularly on the adoption of children in foster care. The purpose of raising awareness during November is to promote positive perceptions, debunk myths and highlight the thousands of children waiting in foster care for permanent families.
 
National Adoption Awareness Month was not always a month long. In 1976, Massachusetts Governor Mike Dukakis created “Adoption Week.” The movement soon spread across the United States and President Gerald Ford made the first “National Adoption Week” proclamation later that same year. In 1990, the movement had gained such popularity that National Adoption Week was expanded to “National Adoption Awareness Month” due to the large number of states participating and supporting events.
 
During the month, individuals in every community come together to celebrate adoption as a positive way to build families. Across the nation, activities and observances such as recognition dinners, public awareness and recruitment campaigns, and special events spotlight the needs of children who need permanent families. From this movement National Adoption Day was born. This year on November 21st, National Adoption Day is traditionally a Saturday, observed in courthouses across the nation as thousands of adoptions are finalized simultaneously.
 
Throughout the month of November, Spirit of Giving will use its Facebook and other social media platforms to highlight multiple member organizations that work with children in foster care or with children who are in need of role models and mentors. To learn more about National Adoption Awareness Month or National Adoption Day on November 21st, please visit their website.