Thursday, November 1, 2007

Duped by National Adoption Month

Yes, today is the first day of National Blog Posting Month and also the first day of National Adoption Month or is that National Adoption Awareness Month. I know what the first one means (I have to write everyday for 30 days) but I don’t really know what the second one is so I did a little research. I found out there is a National Adoption Day, National Adoption Week, and get this I thought National Adoption Month was to bring awareness to the issue of adoption in general but silly me “while all adoption-related issues are important, the particular focus of this month is the adoption of children currently in foster care.” Oh, I’m sorry then shouldn’t we have a National Foster Care Month? What’s that? May is National Foster Care Month.

Okay, before everyone sends me hate mail I tried to understand the difference of National Adoption Awareness Month. I wanted to see if someone unofficially did this to include all areas of adoption not just foster care. As you may or may not know National Adoption Month is actually recognized by the President. I want to believe that someone was thoughtful enough to realize that National Adoption Month was simply divisive to the adoption community and did not include international adoption or even those that never went through the foster care system. However, I kept finding the same definition even for National Adoption Awareness Month so I can't help but feel a little duped by the title National Adoption Month. This month really isn't about me/us...the focus is about adopting out of foster care and oh yea... we know you are adopting also but...whatever! I'm sorry, I just don't get a warm fuzzy feeling from the definition of National Adoption Month.

When I talk about adoption, I speak about it for all children domestically and internationally, my choice just happened to be internationally because it worked better for me. I guess I thought this is what National Adoption Month or National Adoption Awareness Month would be...something inclusive of all facets of adoption.


haze said...

I came across the same thing when I was researching it. Plus it is not widely discussed in Canada. I don't think we have an official month for adoption at all. So I wasn't getting the warm fuzzies either. But since so many bloggers are talking about it, and since Nov 17 IS recognized as Natl Adoption Day in Canada, I decided to be happy about it anyway. And besides, I get to go purple (see Chou2) ;-)

chou-chou said...

hmmm - that does make it rather less interesting to me. But, oh well - I guess awareness of ANY adoption has got to be good, right?