Today is the first day of National Adoption Month. Throughout the month, policymakers, social workers, adoption advocates, and families will be coming together to raise awareness about the 107,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted. The Administration for Children and Families has a portion of their site devoted to information about National Adoption Month.
In a few short weeks, nearly 400 communities across the country will be hosting events on Saturday, November 19th in celebration of National Adoption Day. These events are not only a special occasion for nearly 5,000 children that will be adopted during these events, but also is a way the community can come out to support families and learn about how to get involved in the life of a child in foster care.
These children need your help. They are at risk for languishing in foster care for years not knowing the love and security of a family and never having their full potential realized because no one is encouraging or supporting them.
Please consider promoting National Adoption Day (NAD) in the following ways:
- Encourage Elected Government Officials to support NAD. Reach out to officials on the local, state, and federal level to encourage them to attend an event, issue a press release, write an op ed, issue a proclamation, or blog or tweet about NAD. Call their office or send an email referring them to visit www.ccainstitute.org/nad for resources.
- Engage the Media and Local Business. Reach out to your local event planner and ask them if they need help inviting the local media, asking businesses to donate goods to the event, or ask faith-based organizations to promote this event.
- Write, Blog, Facebook, or Tweet about NAD. Encourage others in your community to get involved, and be sure to link to @natadoptionday and use the hashtag #nationaladoptionday.
- Impact the Life of a Child. Reach out to local government and non-profit agencies in your area to get more information about how to mentor a child, become a Court Appointed Special Advocate, provide respite care for children, become a foster parent, or adopt a child in need of a family. Click here for more information.