Whether you are pursuing adoption, currently fostering, or simply a supporter of the cause, everyone can be a part of National Adoption Month If you are interested in in being involved, read on for a list of suggestions.
If you're considering adoption or fostering:
  • Reach out to a family you know who has adopted or fostered to learn more about their experience.
  • Attend an Adoption Month activity in your area.
  • Read up on this year’s Adoption Month initiative "We Never Outgrow the Need for Family" and discuss how an older child could fit into your family. Be sure to check out this illustration.
  • Join a support group for potential adoptive parents. If there isn’t one in your area, start one.
  • Check out The Archibald Project, and learn how this orphan care advocacy group is changing the world through storytelling.
  • Sign up online for adoption newsletters or e-magazines.
  • Start a blog that shares your journey towards adoption or fostering.
  • Connect with other families through online forums to discuss your experience and share support.
  • Check dates for the national, state, and local National Adoption Month proclamations, and mark your calendar.
  • Start an adoption baby book, photo album, or journal to share with your future child one day.
  • Watch videos of other families discussing their adoption experience.
  • Attend an adoption finalization of a friend or family member.
  • Check out books from the library on adoption or foster care parenting.
  • Research the different types of adoption, and discuss what method would be best for your family.
  • Go online and look at photolistings of children waiting for future families.
If you are an adoptive parent or foster parent:
  • Start an Adoption Month family tradition. Pick a special activity, like going out to dinner, having a picnic in the park, or taking a day trip to favorite spot, and make it an annual celebration.
  • Offer to meet with families considering adoption or fostering to discuss the process and share your experience.
  • Check out adoption positive storybooks from the library and read them to your kids.
  • Look for National Adoption Month activities or meet-ups in your area, and attend as a family.
  • Start a family blog to spread awareness of adoption or foster care.
  • Read or watch the National Adoption Month proclamations as a family, and talk about it together.
  • Connect your child with an adult mentor who has been adopted or lived in foster care.
  • Send a care package to your child’s birthparents.
  • Attend an adoptive parent support group meeting. If there isn’t one in your area, start one.
  • Re-tell your child his or her adoption story, and spend time going through baby books, photo albums, and other memorabilia from that time.
  • Cook a traditional meal from your family’s or child’s heritage. Learn the unique spices, ingredients, and techniques, and create a secret family recipe together.
  • Organize a community meet-up or play group for foster or adoptive families to connect.
  • Tell your children about your own childhood. Talk about traditions you had with your parents, and memories from when you were young.
  • Watch an adoption themed movie together.
If you want to support adoption and foster care:
  • Share National Adoption Month Information with friends and family or on social media.
  • Support and encourage friends or family who may be considering adoption or are going through the adoption process.
  • Mentor a child who is aging out of the foster care system.
  • Reach out to elected officials or candidates. Send letters urging them to support National Adoption Month, ask them to speak at events, or invite them to community gatherings.
  • Post adoption positive articles or links on your social media site.
  • Teach the children in your life what adoption is. Encourage them to ask you questions, and have a conversation on how to talk to kids who are adopted.
  • Contribute a financial donation to a family who is adopting internationally.
  • Volunteer with CASA to support children in foster care.
  • Ask your local library to showcase adoption positive books for the month.
  • Organize a drive or fundraiser to support Child and Family Services or another adoption/foster care agency in your area.
  • Invite a child who has aged out of the foster care system to spend Thanksgiving with your family.
  • Sponsor a child overseas (be sure to find a reputable organization).
  • Encourage your place of employment to offer adoption benefits to employees.
  • Start a blog featuring other families who have adopted or are fostering (with their permission) to spread awareness.
  • Raise awareness of kids waiting to be adopted by sharing videos online or with friends and family.