What You Need to Know about National Adoption Month
What You Need to Know about National Adoption Month
As a birth mother in Las Vegas, it is important that you know all of the ins and outs of adoption. Fortunately, there is no better time to learn that in November because the 1st kicks off National Adoption Month. If you aren’t familiar with what that is or what it involves, don’t worry, we have you covered!
The month of November is dedicated to celebrating all things adoption. This includes birth mothers, adoptees and adoptive families — who, together, make up the adoption triad. In other words, without you, the birth mother, there would be no National Adoption Month to commemorate and no adoptions! So, this month we remember not only all of the adoptees and their adoptive families but we also thank you for your bravery and your commitment to giving your baby the best life possible.
To help you learn more about what this November theme is all about, here are some things you need to know about National Adoption Month and ways that you can help raise awareness!
What is National Adoption Month?
Before we get into ways to spread awareness, let’s talk about how National Adoption Month came about in the first place. The idea was brought about by Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis in 1976. He wanted to raise awareness for the need for adoptive families, and so he announced an Adoption Week, which was later expanded to the entire month of November in 1995 by President Clinton. Thus, National Adoption Month was born!
Now that we know all we need to know about National Adoption Month and its history, let’s look at how you can get involved and spread awareness right now.
Spread Adoption Awareness Through Social Media
Today, one of the easiest and most accessible ways to make your voice heard is through social media. This goes for celebrating and spreading awareness for National Adoption Month as well! If you feel comfortable, try telling the story of your adoption journey on your social media accounts. This can help show people that others around them have gone through successful adoption journeys and it can even help to influence others considering adoption to pursue it further. It can also help to open up a dialogue around why you chose adoption and why it can be the right choice for those around you with unwanted pregnancies as well. Share your story with the #NationalAdoptionMonth and have your story show up in the company of others like it.
This can also help to contextualize the different types of adoption so that others can have first-hand accounts to review while they are making their choice to begin the journey themselves.
Join Local Adoption Events
If you want to celebrate your adoption story and be among others who have been through similar situations, joining or hosting local events can help you to do that! These events are a great way to engage with the community and meet other people whose journeys may look similar to yours. To find an event taking place in your community, you can search here.
If you are unable to find an event taking place in your area, feel free to register online and start your own! There are other people in your community who want to get involved and celebrate this month, giving them a place to do that is a fun way to really get involved in National Adoption Month!
Donate to a Local Organization that Supports Adoption
If you’re looking to donate time or money to an organization like Tomorrow’s Hope Fund that supports adoption in the Las Vegas area, there are many options for you to choose from. Deciding to donate to an adoption charity that you believe in is a great way to get involved and show your support for National Adoption Month this November! There are numerous charities and agencies in the Las Vegas area who would love to work with you!
Get in Touch with Your Child and Their Adoptive Family
If you have chosen an open adoption plan and are looking for ways to get involved this National Adoption Month, getting in touch and opening up a dialogue with your child and their adoptive family is a great place to start. You could set up a Skype or FaceTime call with them so that you could get some face to face communication going even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Talking with your child about their adoption can help to show them how amazing the adoption process really is and how much you still care about them.
Another idea is to write a thank you letter to your child and their adoptive family. This can be a great way to say everything you feel about your adoption journey without having to put yourself on the spot with face to face communication. As long as both you and your child’s adoptive family are comfortable with this, writing a letter is a great place to start opening the lines of communication! Talking with your child about their adoption and letting them know that you are grateful for your journey and for how it all worked out is a great way to celebrate this National Adoption Month!
What you Need to Know About National Adoption Month
Choosing adoption in the face of an unwanted pregnancy is an incredible brave decision, and thus, one that should be celebrated and commemorated. National Adoption Month is all about celebrating people like you who have been through successful adoption journeys, whether a birth mother or an adoptive family or child.
It is not always easy to place the needs of others above your own, and so we at Adoption Choices of Las Vegas thank you for choosing adoption and look forward to celebrating you all month long!
Adoption Choices of Las Vegas has been providing adoption and surrogacy services across in Las Vegas since 2012. For information more general to Nevada, please visit our mother site Adoption Choices of Nevada. For information specific to Reno, please visit our sister site Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Reno. You can also call us to speak to someone now. Contact Us 24/7: CALL OR TEXT 702-474-4673
Meet the Author: Katie Dee is a resident of Long Island, New York and member of the 2020 graduating class of State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta. She completed her bachelor’s degree in English, dedicating a year to family studies.
Katie has hands-on classroom experience in the field of writing, editing and child and family studies. Her experience, in both the writing field and that of family studies, gives her a unique perspective in her pieces centered around the field of adoption.