As many of you are no doubt already aware, November is National Adoption Awareness Month. Though it was originally intended as a time to focus attention on the needs of children in foster care who are waiting for permanent families, National Adoption Month has been largely co-opted by adoption agencies and others as a chance to celebrate adoption in all of its forms. To many adoptees, first parents, and others who have struggled personally as a result of adoption, NAAM can feel a bit like a long, loud party when you're not at all in the party mood.
So what's someone like me, who holds a complex view of adoption, to do? Bury my head in the sand and wait for November to pass? I considered that tactic, but instead, I think I'll blog.
a list of writing prompts for adult adoptees to use during November. I won't be blogging every day, but I'll be jumping in when I can on this blog, and I'm also scheduled to contribute a couple of posts at Lost Daughters. Additionally, I will be featuring a great guest blogger and introducing you to another adoption writer by way of the Adoption Blogger Interview Project.
To start things off I participated, along with several other Lost Daughter contributors, in a brainstorming session on adoption stereotypes. I invite you to kick off November by checking out the resulting post.