Adoption Awareness In November And All Throughout The Year

November is National Adoption Awareness month. The history of National Adoption Month dates back to 1976 when Massachusetts Governor Mike Dukakis announced the first Adoption week. The first National Adoption Week was in 1994. President Regan proclaimed National Adoption week in 1994. In 1995, under President Bill Clinton, adoption week was expanded to the entire month of November to discuss awareness.

Adoption has so many twists and turns that can lead to heartbreak and of course adoption also creates families. Over the next couple weeks I will be sharing some information about adoption.

Adoptive Parents: Adoptive parents are usually in their 30’s or 40’s. Single adoptive parents are usually women who are in their 40’s. The reasons to adopt can vary based on a person situation. Some adopt due to fertility related situations. Others may see the need and decide to adopt. Same sex couples are also able to adopt. Same sex adoption laws vary by state.

Adopted Children:

Children who are adopted want to feel like they are part of the family unit. They do not want to be reminded constantly that they are adopted. These children have usually already been through a great deal of change so being able to feel part of the family is extremely important.

Adoption Age:

Adults can be adopted too. Sometimes a child will have been in foster care and not adopted before aging out and sometimes these adults will find families to adopt them. Usually these are families that they have known for sometime but were not able to get the adoption process done while they were a minor.

Adoption Cost:

The average cost of a domestic adoption is $39,966. If someone adopts a child from outside of the United States those costs can be even more depending on the country and fees involved.

There are many pieces to the adoption process. There is no one size fits all. The most important thing is that so many kids are in need of good homes and we need to be able to help the folks who would like to adopt be able to. Too many kids are in foster care for years at a time.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about what should be done to help with helping kids find permanent homes?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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26 thoughts on “Adoption Awareness In November And All Throughout The Year

  1. This was such an interesting post to read! Thanks for sharing all of this information! 🙂

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  2. Adoption is awesome! And a perfect way for couples who can’t have kids to have kids. Or for families to add additional family members and give a home to someone. My brother adopted 5 kids into his family, and it is such a blessing to have those kids as part of the family.

  3. your question is a funny one. I assuming many things were done to increase the adoption rate over years. And looking at the price it is costly to adopt a child. Maybe a difference in price could surge in more kids being placed in quality homes.

  4. Adoption is such a great decision for so many people. It’s a blessed way for those that can’t have kids to create a family. I have a friend that adopted 3 kids and she is the happiest person.

  5. Adoption can be a very expensive process but it’s all worth it. Having a kid to take care of and giving a new hope through selfless love. That is what’s more important!

  6. This has always been on my heart. I hate that it is so expensive and somewhat inaccessible to the majority of people. Something needs to be done, I wish I had the magic answer. Thank you for sharing.

  7. I had no idea that adoption would cost this much! However, the issue of expenses would not matter because what we will be getting in exchange would be the gift of family and the opportunity for a child to be loved, nurtured and cared for.

  8. This is such an important discussion to have and for people to be aware of. I have a good friend who was adopted into a White family (he is Mohawk) and there is so much to unpack there with how it all came about and how it was viewed at the time (this was decades ago). Thanks so much for sharing this!

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