Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Nov 8 & 9

So I meant to blog yesterday about adoption awareness, but the day just got away from me! So I'll do yesterday's and today's together because I really have no ideas how to go about yesterday's suggestion, lol...But you can find the calendar here

Nov 8
Ask your employer to look into adding adoption benefits to your existing benefits. This is a good idea, because adoption, when you're trying to adopt, can become quite expensive. And some places might not recognize adoption a child as having a child and may not give maternity or paternity leave, which means you might have to take unpaid time off, and that just doesn't seem like a good option when adoption already costs a lot. Or maybe you're lucky and have some paid vacation, but who wants to use paid vacation for anything BUT a vacation. So the only thing I can think to do is talk to whoever is in charge of that kind of thing, and if that doesn't work then maybe if you found some resources to show them then they'd be more likely to go along with it.

Nov 9
Have a get-together with members from all sides of the adoption triad. The way to go about this is to maybe get connected with your local adoption agency, and you can find the listing on adoption.com, here are all the Hawaii agencies listed on adoption.com, at the bottom of the page there is a "new search" option, so you can insert your state. It's probably pretty chilly on the mainland, so going to a park might not be the best option, but the agencies might be willing to host the get-together at their offices. I think for Hawaii going to a beach park and maybe grilling burgers and hot dogs might be a great idea. Be sure to include birth moms and birth fathers, and if they're now married and have children they're raising invite them too. Invite adopted children of all ages, even those married with their own children. And definitely don't forget the adoptive parents. And adoption professionals.



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