November is National Adoption Month

Did you know that November is National Adoption month?  Well, I must admit that I had no clue about this month. If you said November to me I and I thought turkey and black Friday. But now as an adoptive parent it is such a huge part of my life and since I keep running into people who are clueless like I once was and who want to know more I’m going to give you the scoop so that you can be in the know!
Adoption Awareness Month is a nationwide campaign in November to encourage families throughout the United States to open their hearts and homes to children waiting to be adopted, the particular focus is the adoption of children currently in foster care. During the month there is Orphan Sunday which is a Sunday set aside for churches to engage their congregations and communities to hear God’s call from the Bible to care for orphans. It’s this Sunday, November 6th.  Then there is National Adoption Day which is a collective national effort Celebrated in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, to raise awareness of the 114,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families. This year it’s November 19th.  
 
For the last 11 years, National Adoption Day has made the dreams of thousands of children come true by working with courts, judges, attorneys, adoption professionals, child welfare agencies and advocates to finalize adoptions and find permanent, loving homes for children in foster care.  Foster care is supposed to be temporary. Unfortunately, as thousands of our country’s children know. foster care sometimes lasts as long as childhood. Many foster children are legally free for adoption, but on average, nearly two-thirds have been in care more than two years, and only one in five will be adopted. There are thousands of children  that need a permanent home and loving family. If you’ve ever wanted to be a parent – to help children grow and develop to their fullest potential – this month is for you to learn more and consider adoption. Children of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities, are waiting for parents to make a difference in their lives. They are waiting on YOU!!
Here are a few facts:
  • There are an estimated 408,425 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 107,000 of them are waiting to be adopted. 
  • Through no fault of their own, these children enter foster care as a result of abuse, neglect and/or abandonment. 
  • On average they wait for 3-5 years for a family
  • The average age of children waiting for an adoptive family is 8. 
  • Nearly 28,000 children reach the age of 18 without ever finding a forever family.
  • Married couples, single females & single males can adopt
To find out more about adopting a child in the United States, please visit 
www.nationaladoptionday.org or call 1-800-ASK-DTFA.  And here in TX visit

In an upcoming blog I will share with you my adoption story from foster care and how God orchestrated things so perfectly.  And how we continue to have divine appointments with other adoptive families and adopted adults who keep us inspired. Plus I will share ideas on how you can help even if adoption is not what you have been called to do.  You can still care for orphans in a very meaningful way!!  

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