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November is National Adoption Awareness Month | Sweet Pea

Initially starting as an awareness week in Massachusetts in 1976, Adoption Awareness went national in 1984. Due to wide public recognition, in 1998, President Bill Clinton extended the weeklong event into National Adoption Awareness Month, which we celebrate every November.

While there are many infertility treatments available such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF), these can be costly and draining physically and emotionally. Even when accessible, the hard truth is that these alternative fertility treatments aren't successful for everyone.

With nearly half a million children in foster care in the United States, adoption can be a wonderful option when conceiving a child naturally or otherwise isn't an option. For some families, it may be the preferred route to building a family.

Either way, in honor of National Adoption Awareness Month, we're sharing resources, facts, and information for anyone interested in exploring adoption or adoption awareness.

How to Support Adoption & Foster Care

  • Advocate for your employer to offer adoption benefits to employees

  • Support a family who is in the adoption process or considering adoption – this can be through financial donations, sharing their story, or simply offering words of encouragement

  • Consider becoming a mentor to a foster child

  • Volunteer with CASA or GAL

  • Share the stories of children waiting to be adopted by amplifying through your network and social channels

  • Share your own adoption story

  • Communicate and work with your local representatives

  • Become a positive example for adoption in your community

Statistics on Adoption in the United States

  • 428,000 children are in foster care in the U.S.

  • 135,000 children are adopted in the U.S. each year

  • There are more males than females in foster care

  • African American children are disproportionately represented

  • More than 50% of children available for adoption are six years old or older

  • More than 60% of children in foster care spend 2-5 years there before being adopted

  • There are 1.5 million adopted children in the U.S., and nearly 140,000 children are adopted by American families each year

  • While 1/3 of Americans have considered adoption, only 2% have adopted a child

  • 6 in 10 Americans have had personal experience with adoption

  • The average age of children waiting for an adoptive family is eight

  • U.S. citizens completed 19,942 international adoptions in 2007

  • This number dropped to 9,319 international adoptions in 2011 due to restrictions

  • Almost 60-70% of domestic adoptions are now open adoptions

Adoption Resources

Considering adopting a child? We can help you navigate the adoption process.

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