Why National Adoption Month Should be Recognized
November is National Adoption Month!
In 1995, President Bill Clinton initiated a proclamation that November is National Adoption Month. This month is dedicated to educating, celebrating and uplifting adoption, adoptees, birth mothers and adoptive parents. To having in-depth conversations about the adoption process, the benefits of adoption as a whole and all things adoption. This month, though, is not just about having easy discussions about adoption. In order to best educate you on adoption, uncomfortable conversations are essential to have!
That said, we are here to help you better understand why National Adoption Month should be recognized by everyone, regardless if they have a personal experience with adoption.
1) Recognizes Workers in Adoption Field
National Adoption Month is important not just because it recognizes adoptees, birth mothers and adoptive parents, but it also recognizes people who work in the adoption field. These individuals range in a wide array of specialties and job titles. To name a few — social workers, lawyers, counselors, specialists, and adoption agency employees.
These amazing people work behind the scenes to ensure that you have the most positive and empowering adoption journey possible. Their work can be emotional draining at times, but their love for helping create and grow families through adoption supersedes that. Through thick and thin, these hard-working, diligent, dedicated, and passionate individuals strive to improve the lives of all those involved in the adoption process.
2) Uplifts Your Child’s Adoptive Parents
National Adoption Month also opens the door for important conversations about family, as well as uplifting those who pursue adoption. Couples and individuals who choose to grow their family through adoption are making an incredible and honorable decision. They are fully committed to the adoption journey and whatever it holds.
Depending on where they live, your child’s adoptive parents may be required to take state-mandated adoptive parent training. This allows the couple or individual to be better prepared to raise your child.
Overall, National Adoption Month gives your child’s adoptive parents the opportunity to see that there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to family, and emphasizes that providing a safe, loving and reliable home for your child is all that matters.
3) Honors Birth Mothers
Another thing National Adoption Month does is it raises awareness for you, the birth mothers. This is vital because, without you, there would be no adoption. Unfortunately, birth mothers are all too often overlooked by society when it comes to the adoption world. Yet, through celebrations and months like National Adoption Month, others can see just how incredibly amazing, selfless and courageous you are. Deciding to place your baby for adoption, after all, is stressful and emotionally challenging and not an easy choice to make.
Throughout the month of November specifically, though, you can have a voice. You can research and learn about the adoption process through attending adoption seminars or connecting with birth mother support groups. You can also talk to friends and family who you know have either been adopted or who have placed a child for adoption, and learn their experiences. This can help you gain insight when beginning your own adoption journey.
4) Informs the General Public
Not only does National Adoption Month benefit those involved in the adoption triad, but it also informs and educates the general public about all things adoption. It allows for important discussions that have the power to change how people view adoption, birth mothers, adoptees and adoptive parents for the better.
For instance, each year, it works to dispel misinformation and stereotypes about birth mothers and why she is placing her child for adoption. It teaches that birth mothers make this decision out of love; not from a place of selfishness.
Why National Adoption Month Should be Recognized
National Adoption Month should be recognized for many reasons. If you are a birth mother who is interested in choosing adoption for you and your child, we encourage you to research and learn all you can this November. Take part in the celebrations. Attend an adoption seminar. Find a local support group for birth mothers — in person or online.
Gaining a better understanding of the adoption world can only help you in the long run. It’ll lessen your stress, anxiety, concerns and create a comfortable space for you to have much-needed conversations.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to the adoption professionals at Adoption Choices of Texas if you have questions about the adoption process or how to get started. We can’t wait to hear from you!
As an expectant woman or birth parent, to learn more about adoption, contact Adoption Choices of Texas. You can call us at 888-307-3340, text us at 888-307-3340, or email us here. If you are hoping to adopt, please visit us here. We look forward to helping you through your adoption journey!
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