You may have seen our posts about listening to open adoption stories and reading adoption books as methods for celebrating National Adoption Awareness Month.
We wanted to share with you 7 more ways that you can recognize adoption this National Adoption Awareness Month:
- Read other’s adoption stories
You can see photos and stories about Lifetime Adoption’s most recently adopted babies and children, and updates on previous adoptions at LifetimeAdoption.com/newly-adopted.
- Write a letter to your local newspaper
Email your newspaper about what a blessing of open adoption is today. For ideas and stories, you can go to AdoptionHotlinks.com to visit websites about adoption.
- Support adoption non-profits
Lifetime Adoption Foundation is a non-profit charity that assists women choosing adoption, both with their physical needs and their futures, through educational scholarships. It also offers grants for families open to adopting hard-to-place children. Donations received go directly to funding both of these programs.
- Ask your local library to display adoption-related books
Lifetime’s Founder and adoption expert Mardie Caldwell has written several books on adoption including AdoptingOnline.com, Adoption: Your Step-by-Step Guide, Called to Adoption, So I Was Thinking About Adoption… and The Healthcare Professional’s Adoption Guide.
- Learn about positive adoption language
Using positive adoption language will help end the myth that adoption is second best. By using positive adoption language, you’ll reflect the true nature of adoption, free of stereotypes. Click here to read more about open adoption relationships.
- Purchase adoption jewelry
Getting adoption-related jewelry for yourself or someone you know who has been touched by adoption. Wearing an Adoption Prayer Bracelet is a lovely way to display your adoption hope and a reminder to pray for your adoption and those involved in the adoption. All profits from Adoption Prayer Bracelets to go the non-profit organization Lifetime Foundation, which helps birthmothers, children, and adoptive parents.
- Pray for adoption
This beautiful prayer card serves as a reminder to pray for adoption, remembering to lift up birth families, and adoptive parents, who will come together who through adoption. Click to download the Adoption Prayer Card.
Founder of Lifetime Adoption, adoptive mom, adoption expert, and Certified Open Adoption Practitioner (C.O.A.P).
Since 1986, adoption expert Mardie Caldwell has been dedicated to bringing couples and birth parents together in order to fulfill their dreams.
“Many years ago, I was also searching for a child to adopt. We didn’t know where or how to get started. Through research, determination, and a prayer, our dream of a family became reality. I started with a plan, a notebook, assistance from a caring adoption consultant and a lot of hard work; this was my family I was building. We had a few heartaches along the way, but the pain of not having children was worse!
Within weeks we had three different birth mothers choose us. We were overwhelmed and delighted. Many unsettling events would take place before our adoption would be finalized, many months later. Little did I know that God was training and aligning me for the adoption work I now do today. It is my goal to share with our families the methods and plans which succeed and do not succeed. I believe adoption should be affordable and can be a wonderful “pregnancy” for the adoptive couple.
I have also been on both sides of infertility with the loss of seven pregnancies and then conceiving by new technology, giving birth to a healthy daughter. I have experienced first-hand the emotional pain of infertility and believe my experience allows me to serve your needs better.
It is my hope that for you, the prospective parents, your desire for a child will be fulfilled soon.”