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Celebrating Adoption Month Week-by-Week

November Is National Adoption Month

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The Month of November is National Adoption Month. In honor of the month, let's work to not only celebrate adoption and work to get the word out for more adoptive homes, but strengthen our adoptive homes and families with fun activities.

You can start at week one and follow through below with the week by week links, or sign up for the weekly emails.

Week 1: Begin National Adoption Month by Focusing on Your Child's Adoption Story

What You'll Accomplish This Week:
  1. Celebrate your family's adoption story and write a mission statement that would help strengthen your family.
  2. Remember children still waiting for adoptive homes and plan to get the word out to local media. Celebrate adoption month events in your area.
  3. Read adoption poems. Write one of your own and submit it to About.com Adoption & Foster Care.

Week 2: Continue National Adoption Month by Focusing on Family Time

What You'll Accomplish This Week:
  1. Work on lifebooks as a part of weekly family time. Create a family tree – consider working on one for both birth family and adoptive family.
  2. Create a fun craft as a family, perhaps one that involves remember the number of children in foster care, or gifts for family members.
  3. Write thank you notes to those who helped you become a family – it is the month of thanksgiving after all.

Week 3: Continue National Adoption Month by Focusing on Culture for Kids

What You'll Accomplish This Week:
  1. Learn about different ways to focus on culture for kids.
  2. Learn how to be a mentor family to others in the adoption process or to new adoptive families.
  3. Set aside time to enjoy family time around the dinner table and a movie night.

Week 4 and Beyond: Continue Adoption Month by Doing Volunteer Work with Children

What You'll Accomplish This Week:
  1. Help your child in writing birth parent letters, even if they are just therapeutic and won't be mailed.
  2. Get into adoption themed books.
  3. Search for opportunities to give back to others as the holiday season approaches. Consider donating book bags, suitcases, and duffel bags to foster care agencies.
  4. Schedule a family photo.

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