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.
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.
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.
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?