November is National Adoption Awareness Month

With the holiday season approaching, November marks the beginning of that time of year when we stop and take time to give thanks for the important things in life, including our families and loved ones. As part of that thankful season, November has been recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month – making it a time when the nation celebrates adoptive families. In the Washington, DC metropolitan area, several events will occur on November 22, 2014 (National Adoption Day) to celebrate adoptive families and raise awareness about children who are still in need of permanent homes.

In the District of Columbia, the DC Superior Court co-hosts its annual “Adoption Day” which includes a celebration and finalization of many adoptions that have occurred over the past year. This year will mark the 28th Annual Adoption Day Ceremony in the District of Columbia and is sure to be a fun-filled and joyous event for all who attend.

This year the Center for Adoption Support and Education (“C.A.S.E.”)is hosting their annual Kids Adoption Network Conference on Saturday, November 22, 2014 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The event includes the opportunity to join over 150 adoptive families and share in the celebration, engage in thought discussions about adoption, meet new friends and enjoy a family-friendly carnival. Prospective parents and parents whose children are not yet old enough to participate are welcome to attend the concurrent Parent Program.

If you are interested in becoming prospective adoptive parents, or are interested about learning more about the adoption process, there are many resources available to help guide your inquiry. Some of those resources include:

www.nationaladoptionday.org

www.nationaladoptionawarenessmonth.com

www.childwelfare.gov/adoption/nam/spread-the-word/nam-widgets.cfm

www.davethomasfoundation.org

www.ccainstitute.org (Congressional Coalition on Adoption)