The goal of National Adoption Awareness Month (November) is, well, awareness! Not just regarding what it might look like to welcome a child into your family, but also the many other ways you can participate that don’t involve adopting.

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So while this list is certainly not exhaustive, here’s nine ways those not currently involved with adoption can become more aware of it, and practically participate in it. 

1. PRAY

Sometimes adoption can be hard. Pray for rest, strength and refreshment for families.

2. GIVE

Adoption can be expensive. Find a family raising funds and help them bring their child home!

3. SUPPORT

Know a family that just adopted? Bring them a meal, mow their yard, send them on a date night. Get creative!

4. ENCOURAGE

Write An adoptive family a note or letter telling them how impactful their story has been to you and others.

5. CHECK-IN

ASK parents how they’re doing - specifically, not generically. Be authentic, consistent and responsive.

6. LISTEN

You’ll struggle to fully relate to adoptive parents’ experiences, so just listen, don’t fix. Your presence is powerful.

7. LEARN

Educate yourself on adoption issues. Ask questions. It will help you relate and communicate in meaningful ways.

8. BE GRACE

Fill the gaps between what you see and what you don’t understand with grace. Always be full of grace.

9. CONSIDER

What if God wants you to give your family to a child through adoption also? What’s really stopping you?

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