November is National Adoption Month
November is National Adoption Month, a month set aside each year to raise awareness about the adoption of children and youth from foster care. This year’s National Adoption Month initiative targets adoption professionals by focusing on ways to recruit and retain parents for the 107,000 children and youth in foster care waiting for adoptive families. The National Adoption Month poster (PDF - 2,796 KB) notes strategies adoption professionals can implement any day, week, or month to benefit children waiting for families. The Spanish National Adoption Month poster (PDF - 2,494 KB) also provides suggestions for working with Spanish-speaking families throughout the year.
The 2011 theme for National Adoption Month is Build Capacity to Make Lasting Change. The National Adoption Month initiative supports the national adoption recruitment campaign and public service announcementsproduced in partnership with the Ad Council, AdoptUSKids, and the Children’s Bureau. This year’s campaign is targeted toward the recruitment of families for preteens (8-12 year olds).
The first major effort to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for children in foster care occurred in Massachusetts in 1976, when Governor Michael Dukakis announced an Adoption Week. The idea grew in popularity and spread nationwide. In 1984, President Reagan proclaimed the first National Adoption Week, and in 1995, under President Clinton, the week was expanded to the entire month of November.
Every November, a Presidential Proclamation launches activities and celebrations to help build awareness of adoption throughout the nation. Thousands of community organizations arrange and host programs, events, and activities to share positive adoption stories, challenge the myths, and draw attention to the thousands of children in foster care who are waiting for permanent families.
Rebecca Andina, 33, is an adoptee from Korea. In this video, she and her mother, Susan Walther, speak about the difficulties and finding one’s identity as a Korean-American. [Catalog No. - CFV10260; Copyright - 2010 Smithsonian Institution]
It’s April 1975. As the Khmer Rouge takes control of Cambodia, a small orphaned girl, Li-Da Men, is flown out of the country. Eventually, she ends up as the adopted daughter of an affluent British couple and has a privileged upbringing whilst the country of her birth is returned to Year Zero. Now, twenty six years later, Li-Da returns to Cambodia in search of the truth: the truth about her past, the truth about her country’s past and the truth about what is going on in that country today. It is a journey which forces Li-Da to re-examine not just her past and her opinions, but also challenges the way in which the West regards Cambodia. Many people come forward believing they may be related to Li-Da, often travelling long distances at their own expense: none searching for a rich Western relative, all searching for personal peace, having lost children and sisters during Cambodia’s bloody war and its aftermath. This powerful film is the story of that search.
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Q:what gave you the idea to organize this site? :)
What inspired me about this site was that a close friend of mine, Lorial Crowder, who is also a Filipino Adoptee had started her own group which is known as the Filipino Adoptees Network (FAN).
I’ve also made many another Asian and non-Asian adoptee friends and we share each other’s experiences and stories with one another. Some of our stories are similar in values and other stories differ.
During my adolescence I always would reflect upon when people would ask me my ethnicity. Answering that I was Filipino, I came to the conclusion that I also had no idea what a Filipino looked like besides whenever I looked in the mirror, nor what the norms of a Filipino family was…
I didn’t learn my entire story or history of what happened before I was adopted until I turned 18. All I knew was that I had a foster family residing in Cebu City, Philippines.
The birth of this group/blog was to allow other Asian adoptees to help complete their story, allow non-adoptees understand the same stereotypes and even adoption stereotypes that adoptees have, and as a blog that provides Socio-cultural and psychological education of whom would like to share their adoption life experiences.
I hope this answered your question and thank you very much for being a loyal follower Emilio and this was a very good question. =)