I just want to talk about ways to get involved. I'm sure you all have been aware of many things going on.
Maybe some of you have seen this fancy button?
The R House is doing a National Adoption Month Design Challenge. If you are more creative than I (which I'm sure you are) and are a designer and would love to help out the adoption community in anyway, and help us with a new button for next year? This is for YOU. Head on over to the R House here to read more information about it.
If you're in the state of Utah, there is a walk this Saturday and I will be there :) Hopefully I didn't scare too many people away by saying that. They have more information on their Facebook page.
P.S. If you recognize me. Don't be afraid to say hi. :) I'm realllllllly shy, at first.
One way to make yourself aware is to educate yourself about adoption. I learn new things everyday about it. One AWESOME birthmom friend of mine who has been posting facts on her Facebook. I'm going to copy and paste those. She said most of these are on adoption.com
Approximately 7 million Americans are adopted persons
Approximately 140,000 children are adopted by American families each year.
As many as 100 million Americans have adoption in their immediate family (adopting, placing, adopted);
72% of adopted adolescents want to know why they were adopted, 65% want to meet their birth parents, and 94% want to know which birth parent they looked like.
A comprehensive study in 1998 found that every birth parent who was surveyed wanted to be found by the child they had placed for adoption
A comprehensive study in 1998 found that 95% of the adoptees who were surveyed expressed a desire to be found by their birth parents.
86% of birth mothers and 81% of adoptees support access by adult adoptees to identifying information about their birth parents.
Less than .1% of adoptions are contested each year.
There are an estimated 3.3 adoption seekers for every actual adoption.
From 1999 to 2010 there were 224,615 international adoptions, 141,324 were females and 83,291 were males.
Approximately 130,000 foster care children were waiting to be adopted in 2007.
From 1952 to 1972, 8.7% of all premarital births were placed for adoption.
From 1973 to 1981, this percentage fell to 4.1%.
From 1982 to 1988, it fell further to 2%.
51% of teens that become pregnant choose to parent; 35% seek abortions; 14% miscarry. Less than 1% choose to place their children for adoption.
Transracial adoption was not found to be detrimental for the adoptee in terms of adjustment, self-esteem, academic achievement, peer relationships, parental and adult relationships.
15% of U.S. newborn adoptions were matched after the child had already been born.
Another way is to read some blogs. I've already read some FANTASTIC posts:
Why Openness by A Nickel's Worth of Common Sense
My Kids Know Their Birth Moms by The R House
I blogged everyday last year for National Adoption Awareness Month. Check it out here.
You can also read any of the blogs that are on my side bars and on The R House, people who are blogging about adoption have linked up their blogs and you can check them out here.
Adoption.com has many wonderful ideas.
And more events thanks to The R House. Crap, I keep linking up Lindsey's blog like 8 billion times, just look at her blog. That's what I'm really trying to say here! ;)
Somethings that I've personally done, I have been going to the expectant parent group every week and educating the girls who are undecided with their unplanned pregnancies. The group I went to last night, all of them were 17 and planning to parent. Maybe we need more birthmoms to come to group? Don't take this the wrong way- I'm not trying to recruit or make people place their babies for adoption. I know it's a VERY personal decision but it's good to look at ALL options and to see that girls who do place their babies for adoption do "survive" it.
I recently did a panel as well like the end of October but close enough right? ;)
I would LOVE to highlight anyone who is hoping to adopt or to put their blog on my side bars. If you're interested leave a comment or e-mail me. :)
Love me some adoption stufffffs <3