i often hear, “i wish i lived in Utah so that i could celebrate National Adoption Month.” we wish you were here too! however, there are LOTS of things you can do to celebrate National Adoption Month in your neck of the woods wherever that is. not living in the great beehive state is no excuse!
Adoptive Families Magazine made this is a super cute calendar that is not only chuck-full of ways to celebrate National Adoption Month, but it will also look great on your fridge and is cute enough to print out and pass out to neighbors, family members and friends. click HERE to download it.
here’s a list of items you can do everyday from adoption.com:
- Read an adoption-specific book. This can be in any genre that you like best. If you’re a member of a book club, suggest the entire group read an adoption-specific book.
- Celebrate your child’s heritage through a new recipe, a cultural dance, or traditional fairytales. If your child’s heritage isn’t different from your own, let your child select any heritage for your family to learn more about and to celebrate.
- Ask your local libraries or bookstores to feature adoption-related books this month. Encourage them to place these books in the entrance to garner the most attention.
- Commit to sponsor a less fortunate child for an entire year. There are many programs through which to do this. Make sure the organization is reputable and trustworthy.
- Encourage local schools to speak and teach about adoption.
- Blog about adoption awareness. And if you have personal experience in adoption, share that as well. You never know who you can touch and how you can change someone’s perspective.
- Bake cookies for all the adoption professionals who helped you through the adoption process. They will appreciate it.
- Ask your employer to look into adding adoption benefits to your existing benefits. If your employer currently does not offer any type of benefits, encourage a local, large business to offer adoption benefits to their employees.
- Have a get-together with members from all sides of the adoption triad. Enjoy the company, and give each person the opportunity to share his or her own personal experience with adoption. This will provide greater insight into all sides of the adoption triad.
- With your family, brainstorm and create a new family tradition. This doesn’t necessarily have to be adoption-related. It can be a new tradition for the upcoming Christmas holiday, or a family summer tradition after school has ended. The important thing is to continue growing closer as a family.
- Make a family tree that includes both adoptive and birth children. This solidifies that it doesn’t matter if one has different birth parents; He or she is still an important and loved member of your family. Creating this family tree encourages unity within your family unit, increasing the strength within your familial bonds.
- Send thank-you cards to your local foster care office. They work hard and would love to know they are appreciated for their dedication and for all their efforts.
- Look into becoming a foster parent. There are many children in need of a home. Even if you’re not ready to begin the adoption process, becoming a foster parent is a great alternative. You’re still providing a child with a loving and stable home. And this can make all the difference in the life of that child.
- Celebrate your family by beginning or catching up on your scrapbooking. Scrapbook the pregnancy and birth of your children and the adoption process and first pictures of your adopted children. Remember to spend equal time scrapbooking about each child. This can also help encourage unity and confidence within your home.
- Organize your own adoption event to have later in the month. Is there something you’ve always wanted to do or be a part of during the National Adoption Awareness Month? This is the perfect chance to become more involved this month. Take advantage of it, and enjoy yourself.
- Watch an adoption-related movie with your family. When choosing a movie, make sure it shows adoption in a positive light. Once you’ve found a few movies that could work, let your children have the final say in which movie to watch first. This helps them to feel involved and important.
- Email or call friends and family about upcoming adoption events. Invite them to participate where and when they can. If you’ll be attending an event later in the month, directly invite friends and family members to join you. Sometimes all people need is a friend there so they feel comfortable. Soon, they’ll be inviting their own friends–and these National Adoption Awareness Month’s events will continue to grow in size and strength.
- Mentor foster children close to “aging out” of the system. They may need lessons and information on basic life skills for living alone and so on. Ask the foster child what he or she would like to learn, and go from there.
- Volunteer at a local maternity home. Some of these women are scared, nervous, or confused. They could use your care and concern for their well-being. Show them the love and kindness they deserve.
- National Adoption Day! Support your local adoption community by attending a ceremony. This is such an amazing even to experience. Take your children with you. It is a ceremony from which everyone can benefit–no matter the age.
- Encourage your children to share their thoughts and feelings about adoption. Have your children invite their friends over as well. It can be a great learning experience for them and a great teaching experience for you. Let your children and your children’s friends know that it is acceptable and encouraged to ask questions about adoption. You’re there to help.
- Invite your local media to cover adoption events. Help get the word out to other community members about these events. The more people you reach, the bigger the events.
- Attend a local adoption support group. Offer your support and understanding. If you have a story to share, and you feel comfortable sharing it, tell it. You have listening ears awaiting you.
- Begin a lifebook for yourself or your child. Have you child help you, if he or she is old enough. This can be an additional bonding experience for the two of you. It is something both of you will look back on and remember fondly.
- Thanksgiving: Spend this day enjoying your family. As is tradition for many families, go around the table and each share what he or she is thankful for.
- Keep positive thoughts for those currently with pending adoptions. Encourage your children to do so as well. This can also lead into more adoption discussion and questions that your children may have.
- Donate clothing, toys, and books to Family and Children’s Services. Just a small donation can make a huge difference in the life of a child or a parent.
- Light a candle for your or your child’s birth parents. This will give the opportunity for your child to ask questions about his or her birth parents. You may want to be prepared to answer these questions before you begin.
- Collect donations for waiting children and their families for the upcoming holiday season. The holidays can be difficult for many people and families. You have the opportunity to lighten the load and make a happier holiday season for someone.
- Learn or teach about positive adoption language. And be more mindful to use it in future discussions about adoption.