What Is The Month Long Agenda?
The month-long agenda of activities ranges from recognition dinners to fundraisers to community and national awareness-raising events. In 2016, the focus for National Adoption Month is on older youth waiting in foster care for permanent adoptive families. Too many young people age out of the system without ever having a stable home. They are the kind of statistic the Month was designed to address.
Those who have experienced adoption in their family, either as a foster parent, an adopted child, or as the sibling or friend to an adopted child, know just how important it is for the general public to know more about adoption issues.
How To Get The Word Out
Here are some ways you can do your part:
- Help get the word out
- Organizations and individuals can get guidelines to create press releases, public service announcements and other calls to action for press and media to use
- Use Twitter, Facebook, or other social media to share the facts about adoption
- Raise awareness and let friends know what month it is and why
- A little information and positivity goes a long way towards promoting understanding and compassion
- Listen to stories of adoption as a way of starting conversations in your own community
- The Children's Bureau, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services (who initiated the National Adoption Awareness program) publish a tip sheet called Talking With Older Youth About Adoption. It's free to download, as are many other digital resources including links to other national organizations that publish personal stories of adoption as a way to inform and inspire.
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