Happy National Adoption Month!
The counselors at PYM are excited to celebrate National Adoption Month! This is a time to celebrate the many families who have been united by adoption and the thousands more who are expected to be united this month.
Before there was National Adoption Month, there was Adoption Week in Massachusetts, which was started in 1976 by Governor Michael Dukakis. That same year, President Gerald Ford, announced that adoption week would be celebrated nationally.
In 1984 President Ronald Reagan proclaimed a “National Adoption Week” and nine years later, in 1995, President Bill Clinton, who was adopted himself, declared November as National Adoption Month.
Within this month is National Adoption Day which is held the Saturday before Thanksgiving. On November 23, 2013, courthouses across the United States will participate is finalizing the adoption of thousands of children who will go home to a loving and supportive family they deserve.
PYM would like to use this opportunity to provide a month full of resources related to emotional well-being for adopted families and for those considering adoption. Adopted families are a triad including birth parents, adoptees, and adoptive parents. It is important to understand, nurture, build, and maintain the mental and emotional health of all individual’s in the adopted triad for an optimal adoption experience.
There are many myths and misunderstandings about adoptions within our society. This can leave individuals that are a part of an adopted family left feeling isolated with a lack of necessary support. If you know of someone whose life has been impacted by adoption or who is currently going through the process of adoption, we encourage you to share this site with them to offer comfort, support, and inspiration.
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