November used to be the break between a busy fall and even busier holiday season, the month when Mother Nature hadn’t made up her mind about what she had in store for the near future. Was she going to tease a little bit more out of summer or inflict winter early? November was about less daylight, barren trees and preparing the gardens for a long winter nap.
November took on a special significance for me when I became an adoptive parent. My daughters arrived home in November, two years and two days apart. My youngest son was born in November. And every November, I am reminded that, by becoming an adoptive parent, I have forever stepped into the role of advocate and educator.
Granted I teach a myriad of classes to waiting adoptive and adoptive parents, but occasions to advocate and educate outside of the “classroom” happen frequently. Daily opportunities present themselves within the context of communication, with people’s questions and statements. People who are unfamiliar with and mystified by adoption are curious how parents can bring/accept a child, often not a blood relative, into their family, claim the child as their child, and love them wholly, unconditionally.
Parents: November is National Adoption Month, the month dedicated annually to raising awareness about adoption. What can you do this month to honor adoption, to advocate for your family, other adoptive families, and the unknown number of children in need of permanent, stable and loving families?