Thursday, November 8, 2012

Celebrating National Adoption Month

By Diane Forrest

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When I was younger, some kids who went to my school were adopted.  This was not a common practice back then, so they were mentioned in hushed tones. As I got older, I learned more about adoption.  There are many reasons why people adopt children.  A friend of mine has a cousin who adopted a small child from China.  She was single, getting older, and no prospects of getting married.  She didn't want to wait any longer to have a child, so she adopted a young girl from China.  Another friend has five living children and one who died while in infancy.  He and his wife adopted a girl from foster care. They love children, and were able to provide a stable home for this girl.

What is Adoption?

Adoption is a process whereby a person assumes the parenting for another and, in so doing, permanently transfers all rights and responsibilities, along with filiation, from the original parent or parents.

There has been alot of news lately about celebrities adopting children.  Probably the most famous case is Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.  Sandra Bullock also adopted a little boy from New Orleans, and Katherine Heigle adopted a girl from South Korea and recently adopted another baby from overseas.  She chose Korea because her sister was adopted from there.

Other famous celebrities who were adopted include Babe Ruth, Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's, Steve Jobs, Marylin Monroe, Melissa Gilbert and Faith Hill.

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This Month celebrates National Adoption Month.  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.  Click here to read the National Proclamation:

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There are many activities this month to celebrate Adoption Month.  If you know of an adoptive parent, give them your encouragement and support.  They should be commended for being selfless and providing a stable home to those who do not have one.  For other activates of the month, click here:

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