I found out from Rose Kent, author of Kimchee and Calamari that November is National Adoption Month. I'm posting about this today, in the middle of the month, because I found out there is a National Adoption Day on November 17th to celebrate thousands of foster care adoptions that are being finalized around the country. Isn't it cool when people can open up their hearts and homes to older children? I also have several friends who have adopted children from Asia and have found such joy and hope. Along with sometimes painful questions and stares. I'd like to show my support for their decisions to adopt and bring a child into their home to love, cherish and raise as their very own.
For those naysayers who say a true family cannot exist unless the family members share the same DNA, though that too can sometimes cause some controversy, well, these families I know would certainly prove anyone wrong. I'm of the opinion that no matter how different an adopted child may seem to be initially from their adoptive family or vice versa...once all the family members have adjusted and fallen in love with each other, the external differences melt away. Those who know these families can only see family resemblances and a REAL FAMILY.
Rose wanted to share a few things about National Adoption Month, and since she said this best, I'm quoting her from an e-mail: "I'm on a mission to get lots of people thinking about this in the kidlit world. There are plenty of reasons to acknowledge adoption. Of course an adopted mom and an author with a book featuring an adopted protagonist would say that, right? But the reasons go beyond my kids & my story.
It turns out, we live in a big ol' adoption nation. Studies show that one hundred million people have someone adopted in their family -- that's a third of us in the US. Yet, I can vouch to this, many Americans are clueless on what adoption is & isn't. At a recent school visit I talked about adoption and a little girl raised her hand and said, "Adoption is when movie stars fly planes faraway and get babies from dirty orphanages." (I kid you not.) Many adoptive families I know tell me they are stopped out in public and asked questions like, "How much did your son
cost?" Or if they have more than one child (who doesn't look like them), "Are they REALLY brother and sister?"
Rose has written a Personal View for papertigers.org, and she was kind enough to share it with me. I think you'll like what she has written: Three Cheers for Adoption Books and Why We All Should Read 'Em.
There are so many websites and organizations about adoption. Rose mentioned these two organizations in her article. You might want to start from these sites in your research to find reputable adoption organizations.
Institute for Adoption Information, Inc.--an organization that strives to promote understanding about adoption.
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption--the founder of Wendy's created this organization to help find loving homes for foster children.
Some Amazon.com Lists on Books on Adoption (Please note, I have not read any of these books, these lists are compiled by different readers.)
Books that will change the way you think about adoption, Amazon.com list
Top 10 Books for International Adoption, Amazon.com list
Books I will read to my adopted child, Amazon.com list
Fiction about Children in Foster Care Placements, Amazon.com list
Foster Care Children's Books, Amazon.com list
Some New Books for Children:
The Red Thread by Grace Lin
Every Year on Your Birthday by Rose A. Lewis
We Belong Together: A Book about Families and Adoption by Todd Parr
And in case you want to read about some first hand experiences on adoption, here is the November 2007 Adoption Blog Carnival and a more intensive Blog Carnival from September 2007 hosted by Suzanne over at Adventures of Daily Living.