Whether you call it National Adoption Month or National Adoption Awareness Month, you may be surprised about facts surrounding its history and its intent.
For DenverParent.net, I researched 7 facts about this thing we observe in November. Where did it start? Why did it start? How did it become a thing? The first 4 are banal historic facts about NAM, also called NAAM.
The last 3 points, however, can help adoption professionals and adoptive parents — who have traditionally controlled the narrative about adoption — decide instead to do more listening and less talking.
Read 7 Facts You May Not Know About National Adoption Month on DenverParent.net
Lori Holden, mom of a teen son and a teen daughter, writes from Denver. Her book, The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole, is available through your favorite online bookseller and makes a thoughtful anytime gift for the adoptive families in your life. Catch episodes of Adoption: The Long View wherever you get your podcasts.
Lori was honored as an Angel in Adoption® in 2018 by the Congressional Coalition of Adoption Institute.