National Adoption Month

For National Adoption Month, A Plus Is Celebrating Families 'Bound By Love'

November is National Adoption Month.

This November, A Plus is proud to participate in National Adoption Month by bringing attention to the thousands of people in foster care awaiting forever homes, as well as those who provide and advocate for them. 

Our stories will be told through the lens of our theme, "Bound by Love," to not only highlight the ways we can help those in foster care find forever homes, but to show that families are bound together by the love they share, rather than their biological roots. The diversity of these amazing families proves love transcends blood and debunks the myth that parents who adopt are any less "real" than parents who conceive. 

The idea of being bound by love, not biology, has been made clear by so many touched by adoption. Whether it's an adopted woman thanking her birth mother for doing what was best for her, a little girl finding out she's officially being adopted, parents surprising their kids with a newly adopted sibling, or a mother's heartfelt letter to her foster daughters on their adoption day, we have seen time and time again that love and support are the most important building blocks for families. 

While we are celebrating the stories of the approximate 135,000 children who are adopted in the United States each year, we are also drawing attention to the fact that there are about 428,000 American children in the foster care system on any given day, according to a 2015 report by the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS). About 25,000 young adults age out of the system every year without ever finding a forever home. 

To help us share these stories, this month we are collaborating with Heart Gallery NYC, a nonprofit that organizes exhibits featuring compelling portraits of New York City children in foster care in need of forever homes, and You Gotta Believe, the only NYC Metro organization that exclusively focuses on finding permanent families for young adults, teens, and pre-teens in foster care.

We hope to inspire compassion in readers, and encourage them not only to learn more about adoption but to also take action. Jamie C.,  an adoptive parent who writes for the blog Foster the Family, said it best in a 2016 interview with A Plus: "Don't ignore the urging that keeps bringing adoption into your mind and heart. Read about adoption and foster care, follow adoptive or foster parents online, get to know a foster or adoptive family. Go to a meeting at your state child protection agency or a private adoption agency and be informed." 

Cover image via Unsplash

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