National Adoption Month in November raises awareness and increases outreach concerning the need for permanent families across the United States. Every year, there is a growing need for children of all ages to find secure and safe families. All month long, National Adoption Month events provide tools and resources to help individuals and families understand the process and learn more about adoption.
While the month sets out to raise awareness, it also recognizes those dedicated to impacting adoptive children and families in positive ways. From each family to organizations that make adoption possible, the month-long celebration acknowledges the commitment and rewards combined with an adoptive family.
HOW TO OBSERVE: Visit local adoption agencies or events. Use #NationalAdoptionMonth to post on social media.
HISTORY: Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis announced an Adoption Week in 1976. In 1984 President Reagan proclaimed the first National Adoption Week. President Clinton expanded the awareness week to the entire month of November in 1998.
My name is Beth Farrell and my friends and I were getting ready to do the Color Run recently and one of them wanted coffee. So we waited outside while they stood in the longest Starbucks line ever.
Along comes a man who looked like he was definitely on meth and he had a little boy with him. The little guy had no shoes and was pretty filthy. Something felt very wrong about the situation. I COULD NOT just let them pass without doing something. So I asked security to stop and ask what was up. They chatted for a few minutes and then let him go. As they walked towards the under highway tunnel I just couldn’t let it go. That child could have been kidnapped or trafficked or just in a dangerous situation in general so I called 9-1-1. One of the security guys helped me with the exact location we were at since I wasn’t sure. I then asked the security guy to also call 9-1-1 and give whatever info he had learned from talking with the guy. He said his boss would be upset if he did. I was like “you’ll be upset with yourself is you see this kid on an amber alert later.” So he called. The guy somehow ended up running himself and the child across the 5 at J street. It was a busy morning, lots of cars along that stretch of road. Luckily there were tons of cops around the area since the roads were closed for The Color Run. They apprehended him once he got to the Old Sac side of the freeway and took him into custody for child endangerment. They could not find a responsible family member to pick up the little boy so they took him into protective custody. He had actually walked to Sacramento from Redding with that little boy…who had no shoes!
The reason I know all these details is because one of the cops who picked up the child and brought him to protective services came and met me after The Color Run to tell me all the details. He was so sweet. He also told me that of the hundreds of people who had to have seen the father and child only two people called 9-1-1…me and the security guard who I cajoled into it. That is the most stunning part of this situation for me.
Since that incident, I have organized many volunteer projects related to kids in crisis. My favorite projects have been those I’ve organized with FosterHope Sacramento. It has been an honor to work with the staff there. They are so appreciative, fun to work with and somehow keep really good senses of humor even with all the seriousness of their jobs.
This past weekend our families came together to celebrate during our annual holiday party! Our theme was, “Under the Sea” and it was magical! Santa came to visit while children danced around with gifts in their hands. Plates of warm food filled our bellies, and families enjoyed a stress-free night of fun, laughter, love, joy, and games.
We couldn’t have made this night possible without the support of everyone in our community. FosterHope Sacramento would like to extend a very special THANK YOU to everyone who made this amazing night happen. From sponsors to donors, volunteers and everyone in between, thank you! We are so grateful for all of your support. You truly have made a difference in the hearts and homes of us all.
Good evening friends, families and neighbors! If you’ve been to FosterHope Sacramento lately then we are sure that you’ve noticed a lot of changes!
Thanks to #SMUD, last week our new lighting around the perimeter of the facility was installed, providing us with more opportunities to extend our visitations throughout the dark winter nights. The sun has been setting around 5:00 PM lately, so it’s an amazing added layer of security and detail that helps to keep us safe! Stop by the front desk and ask about our new lighting project to receive a special treat, we can’t wait to tell you more about how impactful this has been.