November 03, 2011

November is...Adoption Month

Quick note about me: Holy cow, I am looooong over due for a post! My apologies! I started grad school last fall ('10) and am in the home stretch (I'll be finished in April '12). It's been an exhausting, but very rewarding experience; I'm getting my masters degree/license to be a K-12 school counselor. I'm hoping to get back on track with my blog, though, starting now...

So, as you may or may not know, November is officially the time to talk about adoption, as it's National Adoption month. To me that means an opportunity to "educate" folks on what adoption is, what it means, appropriate adoption language, where to go for more information, and so on, without it seeming like I'm trying to cram adoption down anyone's throat. The way I see it, I have a free pass the whole month of November to share my thoughts on the wonderfulness that is adoption.

In all seriousness, of course, I find myself talking about adoption year round, often because I'm asked about it and I'm happy to share my experiences and knowledge. I'm not sure how much one month does to promote the awareness of such an amazing and important thing as adoption, but hey, it's something. And if nothing else, maybe it will spark an interest or a conversation , or get someone thinking about adoption in different, more positive ways.

Here are some websites about adoption, should you get asked—or just want share info with friends—about adoption: (great overall adoption website!)
(these two share some history and ideas for ways to celebrate)

Happy adoption month!