November is National Adoption Month

By Kaileigh Deacon

 

The holidays are a time for family and, as they approach, many people make time for their loved ones and come together. Many children across the country and in the State of Maine don’t have that family situation. 1995 brought the first year of National Adoption Month at the request of President Bill Clinton with Proclamation 6846. In his Proclamation, President Clinton stated the following:  “Citizens from all communities and organizations from the public and private sectors must join together to renew our commitment to finding permanent homes for each one of America’s children.”

According to Adopt US Kids, currently in the State of Maine there are roughly 1,900 children in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services with at least 100 of them waiting for adoption. Most of these children range in ages 9-15 and are still looking for permanent families. 

Adoption can be a lot of things to a lot of different people. To some adoption is a way for a family to get the children they want but can’t have other any other way. For others adoption is a way to help relatives who care for others when their parents can’t. And for many children in the foster care system, adoption is how they receive the families that will love and care for them. 

November’s Adoption Month is a month dedicated to bring awareness for the need of adoption for kids in foster care all across the United States and right here in Maine. Awareness, as with any cause, helps bring to attention the importance of adoption as well as ways that people can help. Adoption can impact the lives of the children involved as well as their adoptive families.

Children of adoption, whether aware from day one or told later in life, get the knowledge that they were chosen specifically to be part of a family. They were so loved and wanted by their family that they went through the lengthy and sometimes frustrating process of making it legal. 

Children of all ages are waiting in Maine’s Foster Care System for their forever families, a family that wants them as much as they want to be part of a family. For more information on how you can help these kids either through fostering, adoption or support, you can contact the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. 

Adoption has touched the lives of many in our community and we must take the time to thank those that have opened not only their homes but their hearts to let these children become part of their families.