A lot of people think you’ve either had to be adopted yourself, or have adopted a child to be an adoption advocate. Wrong. The number of adopted children continues to grow in our country as well as the number of people seeking to adopt. If you have a heart for children who need to be adopted and for their adoptive families then you can be an advocate.
Before I was old enough to be an adoptive parent I was a foster care advocate. In high school I would write papers about the current foster care crisis and on weekends I would donate my time at group homes. I even took advocacy one step further and at the age of 13 convinced my parents to become foster parents. I didn’t let my age stop me from advocating for foster children. Today I continue to advocate on behalf of foster care and adoption.
7 Ways To Be An Adoption Advocate
- Write an article about how adoption has touched your life or someone you know.
- Organize an event for a group. This can be educational or a fundraiser.
- Feature an adoptive family in your company newsletter.
- Nicely correct people’s misconceptions about adoption.
- Volunteer your time at adoption centered organizations.
- Arrange gift baskets to be given to newly adoptive families (who typically don’t have baby showers).
- If you’re political, lend your skills to urge congress to do more for children waiting to be adopted.
As you see advocacy isn’t a weak way to contribute, but a powerful force. When we turn people’s attention to children in need of a family we are in fact changing children’s lives. What are some ways that you have been an adoption advocate? Please share your ideas and experiences to encourage others on ways to advocate.
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