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!


Paula said...

Thanks so much for sharing these links, I am definitely going to have to check them out! My husband and I are in the process of adopting a child and we have found to be extremely helping in preparing us on how to handle certain situations. I would love it if you took a look and let me know your thoughts!

rychelle said...

hi! i just wanted to say that i have really enjoyed your blog, and digging around in your past posts. i am a single woman, hoping to adopt domestically. even though you haven't updated recently, i wanted to thank you for leaving your blog up for others to explore!

Lisa researching adoption said...

Thank you for sharing that information! I am just beginning the process and can use all the help I can get!

R Klooster said...

I appreciate your desire to education about adoption and raise awareness. Another good resource is a book written by Jennifer Grant, "Love You More". It gives practical advice on the whole process and also some thoughts on what happens after the adoption is complete and you have a new family member in your home.