A Month of Reflection & Celebration
Every November we honor and celebrate National Adoption Month. It’s an important time of year to recognize adoptees, birth families, adoptive families, and adoption professionals. During this month, we renew our commitment to providing the most comprehensive resources, education, and information to the families we work with. We also continue our commitment to centering adoptee voices and honoring the complex, lifelong journey of adoption.
How You Can Get Involved
Whether you are an adoptee, the family member of an adoptee, or someone who wants to support the mission of Children’s Home, there are a variety of ways you can get involved this National Adoption Month.
Celebrate Your Adoption Story — Enter Our Annual Photo Contest
Our Annual Photo Contest is a celebration of members of the adoption constellation. A picture is worth a thousand words as the saying goes, and we always look forward to seeing and sharing the many stories of adoption through photos. The contest is open to adopted adults and families with adopted children from any agency. The submission deadline is November 30, 2023.Enter Here
Take the First Step in Your Journey as an Adoptive Parent
Register for one of our upcoming General Information Meetings to learn about the adoption process, timelines, and fees. We offer online and in-person learning opportunities.Register For a Free Info Meeting
Help support the work we do, and volunteer at one of our upcoming events! We are currently seeking volunteers to help with our Adoption Day Camp in St. Paul, Minnesota, as well as chaperones for a weekend-long retreat for teens experiencing foster care in Cross Lake, Minnesota.Explore Volunteer Opportunities
Build Community & Join a Support Group
Our support groups help build community, provide support and resources, and more to all members of the adoption constellation. Adoption-competent staff with expertise and/or personal connections to foster care and/or adoption will facilitate each of the groups.View Support Group Options
Bring Holiday Cheer to a Youth Experiencing Foster Care in Minnesota
Whether moving in with a relative or preparing for aging out of the system, kids experiencing foster care need extra support, especially during the holidays. You can shop our Amazon Wishlist, send donations our way, and share about the need with a downloadable flyer. You can also host your own gift drive in your community!
Volunteers also needed to help with our New Relative/Kinship Holiday Shopping Event taking place on Saturday, December 16, 2023, at our main office in St. Paul, Minnesota.Holiday Donation Drive 2023
Adoption Day Camp – Registration Opens November 15, 2023
Our Adoption Day Camp is a program for adopted youth in 1st-8th grades who have finalized adoptions, it is designed to build connections and celebrate identity. Participants will have the opportunity to get to know other adoptees through exciting hands-on activities and age-appropriate discussions about family, identity, and more. Our 2024 Adoption Day Camp will take place on January 6, February 3, March 2, and April 6, 2024. All events will take place in the Twin Cities Metro. Save the date! Registration opens on Wednesday, November 15, 2023.Learn More About Camp
Take Advantage of Generous $50,000 Match!
End-of-year gifts to Children’s Home will generously be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000.Donate Now
Adoption Articles & Resources
- 5 Questions You Should Ask Before You Adopt
- 6 Things Your Adopted Kids Need to Know by Age 6
- 8 Questions for Parents Thinking About Transracial Adoption
- Helping Your Adoption Child Handle Adoption Microaggressions
- How to Understand and Cope with Racial Trauma.
- Thinking About Adopting a Sibling Group? Things to Consider First
- Check out a library of free educational webinars for current and prospective adoptive parents.
There are a number of publications that are taking time this month to reflect on adoption and how it is processed by adoptees, birth families, and adoptive families. We encourage you to visit the sites below and discover more resources by using #AdopteeVoices and #NationalAdoptionMonth on various social platforms.
Adoptive Families Magazine | This subscription-based website offers high-quality stories and educational webinars focused on adoption and foster care throughout the year and during National Adoption Month.
angelatucker.com | Angela Tucker is a transracial adoptee with a large online platform dedicated to sharing stories about race, identity, and transracial adoption. Her website includes links to her podcast “The Adoptee Next Door” as well as educational information for adoptive parents and folks who work in the field of adoption. Tucker centers the experiences of adoptees through sharing deeply personal stories and actively mentors adopted youth.
childwelfare.gov | The Children’s Bureau’s National Adoption Month campaign seeks to increase national awareness of adoption issues, bring attention to the need for adoptive families for teens in the foster care system, and emphasize the value of youth engagement.
CH/LSS Online Adoptee Community | This new online community is open to adoptees who are 18+ from any placing agency. It is a private Facebook Group where we share resources, articles, and conversation prompts on topics such as adoptee mental health, processing difficult news headlines, search and reunion challenges and triumphs, birth and adoptive family dynamics, and so much more.
Visible Magazine | This online publication is committed to making storytelling accessible and inclusive. They actively privilege the work of those whose voices have been intentionally ignored or suppressed by traditional media outlets. While this website covers a variety of current event topics, its Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Stephanie Drenka, is a transracial adoptee, who helps uplift adoptee voices by publishing essays, poems, and op-eds written by adoptees.