November is finally here, and that means it’s National Adoption Month! It is a time to celebrate adoption and each triad member and recognize the challenges it brings. Sometimes it can seem challenging to figure out how to participate, but there are many ways to become involved and spread awareness! This article will inform you of eight different ways to celebrate National Adoption Month this November.
- Educate yourself
The first step is learning about adoption and what’s involved for the adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoptees; understanding the process helps you empathize with people. There are many different topics to learn about and educate others on, like the history of adoption, the process each member faces, and the agency side of things. There are many ways to learn this information besides a helpful Google search, including AFTH blogs, podcasts, and AFTHtv.
To learn more, check out our website!
- Promote on social media
Another easy way to recognize National Adoption Month is to show your support on social media. You could repost and like adoption stories and events through Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, as well as share your adoption story on your social media to help or inspire others.
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- Tell your story
Telling your story can help and inspire others and might even benefit you. You can tell your story through many different outlets: Social media, a blog, an interview, or a conversation with a close friend. There are also support groups where you can learn from others and share your experience to connect. It helps bring awareness to adoption and your unique journey.
- Tell your child’s adoption story to them again
Reminding your child of their adoption story can help them process their identity. Figure out ways to help them connect to their heritage by teaching them the history, culture, and traditions of their culture. That may look like cooking a dish or reading a book to help them better understand. Keep their best interest in the forefront of your mind!
Giving money is a great way to support adoption because many non-profit adoption companies are in it for the people. That means they help each triad member, whether through scholarships, support groups, education opportunities, or their endless effort to make the adoption process work for everyone.
If you feel led to, donate through this link!
Another great way to celebrate is by donating your time; it’s one of the best ways to show you care! It could be through volunteering, attending events, or going to community/support groups. Many agencies host events or ask for feedback, and these are great ways to start getting involved! Be on the lookout on AFTH social media pages or subscribe to our email list to stay up-to-date on the upcoming events or engagement opportunities!
We have Heart-to-Heart with the Adoption Community event on November 10th. Click here to register!
Fundraising is a great way to help raise money for organizations and members of the triad. It’s a good steward of your time and a way to raise large amounts of money in some cases. Whatever the outcome might be, it’s the effort that counts and is recognized!
- Be an available resource to those in adoption around you
Along with volunteering, make yourself available to listen or help in whatever way you can. Whether with a struggling adoptee, birth parent, or adoptive parent you know personally, just being their friend and admiring their journey is enough!