Celebrating Adoption- Ideas for Couples and Families
- Invite your child’s (or children’s) Birth Families over for a special “Giving Thanks for Adoption” dinner. You could serve a traditional thanksgiving type dinner or serve a favorite family meal
Or use recipes given to you from your children’s Birth Families.
- Serve and share your children’s favorite recipes with your dinner guests. This would be something your kids could help with and would be a special gift to their Birth Parents. If you wanted to go a step further you could create a “family favorites “ cookbook and give each Birth Parent a copy. The kids could help create the book and decorate it themselves.
- Invite Birth Family members over for an Adoption Family Fun night where you play games, watch movies and share your kids favorite treats. Ask Birth Family members to bring their favorite family games and treats. This is a great way to learn about one another’s family gathering traditions.
- If your children’s Birth Parents live far away you could create a special care package with meaningful items to let them know they are loved and you are thinking of them during this special month. You could use the cookbook idea or single recipes to send to them along with a homemade apron or treats. Go with your personality and share what fits for them.
|Adoption Book and movie Basket. Great way to highlight adoption at home.
|Here is the invite we are using for our adoption celebration.
Anytime you can help someone in your community understand what adoption really is about you are helping protect the future of adoption. Here are a few ideas you can do in November or plan to do throughout the coming year.
- Make a video portraying adoption as a positive option. Create something touching and educational then share it on YouTube and other social media sites.
- Create an adoption awareness week in your area. This could include workshops where people can learn about the adoption process, a birth parent panel and/or something fun at your local library where kids who were adopted can come and create a craft or have adoption related stories read to them.
- Hold a craft night for women who love adoption. Birth Mothers, adoptive mothers, adoptees etc can come together to create and chat.
- Write articles for a local newspaper or blog. Share your story. Personal stories touch hearts.
- Help with school outreach.
- Hold a 5K fun run. This creates awareness and it something fun anyone can be involved with.
- Hold an adoption open house where people can come and ask questions. Invite local agencies and organizations to come and be part of educating your community.
- Attend adoption activities sponsored by adoption organizations United For Adoption holds their Annual Adoption Conference in November.
Brenda Horrocks is a mother of four children through adoption. She promotes adoption, foster care and Utah’s Safe Haven Law through blogging, public speaking and writing. She enjoys time with family, reading books, running, gardening and movies. You can visit her blog here.