National Adoption Awareness Month
November 26, 2012


The very best place for a child to be is in a family. Unfortunately, there are many children who cannot safely live with their own family. When relatives and kin are unable to provide a temporary home, foster parents become the temporary family. If children are unable to return home, adoptive parents become their permanent family. Fostering and adopting children who are the victims of child abuse or neglect can bring rewards, challenges, and forever changes to your life! Many friends and relatives will support you in your decision, while others may think you have lost your mind! 


Children of all ages, races and ethnicities need families. Families are especially needed for teens, sibling groups, and children with behavioral and medical needs. Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. While all adoption-related issues are important, the particular focus of this month is the adoption of children currently in foster care. The first major effort to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for children in the foster care system occurred in Massachusetts. In 1976, then-Governor Mike Dukakis proclaimed Adoption Week and the idea grew in popularity and spread throughout the nation. President Gerald Ford made the first National Adoption Week proclamation, and in 1990, the week was expanded to a month due to the number of states participating and the number of events. During the month, states, communities, public and private organizations, businesses, families, and individuals celebrate adoption as a positive way to build families. Across the nation, activities and observances such as recognition dinners, public awareness and recruitment campaigns, and special events spotlight the needs of children who need permanent families. National Adoption Day is an effort to raise awareness of the more than 250,000 children in foster care waiting for permanent, loving families. You may be asking yourself: “Why is National Adoption Day so important?” This annual, one-day event makes the dream of nearly 40,000 children come true. National Adoption Day takes place in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam - nearly anywhere people are willing to make it happen. National Adoption Day, traditionally takes place on a Saturday, and is observed in courthouses across the United States as thousands of adoptions are finalized simultaneously. Saturday, November 17, was National Adoption Day for 2012. 

 So, what is adoption anyway? Is it a legal paper with a judge’s signature on it, the incorporation of an infant or child into someone’s home, or perhaps just a term in the dictionary? No, adoption is none of those things. Adoption is born in the heart and lives in the soul. Adoption is Love

 For information on becoming a Resource Parent for the Osage Nation, please contact ICW Adoption Specialist Rebecca Fish at 918-287-5338 or Foster Care/Family Preservation Specialist Jenny Rush-Buffalohead at 918-287-5629.