November is National Adoption Month or National Orphan Awareness Month. All month long there were days to celebrate and social movements to participate in.
November 9th was World Adoption Day. Kristen over at Rage Against the Minivan posted in celebration of this day and shared the #flipthescript movement; a movement in which adult adoptees add their voices to the discussion of adoption (adoptive parents and adoption agency voices are often more prevalent). Check out her post here where you'll find links to more adoption related articles, videos and posts.
November 22nd was National Adoption Day. "A coalition of national partners – Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, Children’s Action Network and The Alliance for Children’s Rights – sponsor National Adoption Day to draw special attention to children in foster care waiting for permanent families and to celebrate all families that adopt." [source]
November 2nd was Orphan Sunday. Our family was asked to help with a video played during our church's services that day. We are so pleased to be a part of a church with an orphan care ministry, adoption and foster care support, and an understanding that families are not bound by genetic ties. The video was made by Shawn Prokes for Eastview Christian Church, and although I found it beyond strange to see our faces on the large screens dotting our church sanctuary we are happy to represent one of the many ways God can bring great joy out of something so hard.