National Adoption Week or NAW is fast approaching, so I thought it pertinent to add what weight I can to the cause.
The week in question is 4-10 November 2013, so if it isn’t in your calendar – put it in now.
What is National Adoption Week?
It is very simple really. Each year, around about the start of November, BAAF start a weeks’ worth of events and promotion related to adoption and fostering.
The whole idea is to raise awareness of adoption, and to spend one concentrated week of the year thrusting adoption into the public eye, with the hope that it remains there for the rest of the year.
Who runs National Adoption Week?
BAAF (British Association for Adoption and Fostering) started National Adoption Week about 15 years ago. They are a leading authority on UK adoption and have helped thousands of children find new homes through adoption. BAAF are a membership association and, amongst lots of other things, publish a range of leading adoption and fostering titles.
What can I do to help?
If you want to help spread the word of National Adoption Week (and I sincerely hope you do), you can do a number of things, as taken from BAAF’s own website:
- Share your story, talk to friends and colleagues about adoption or about your personal experiences.
- Write a blog for about your adoption experience for the BAAF blog site (you can remain anonymous)
- Use your social media – Tweet or post on your Facebook page that it’s National Adoption Week.
- Use the special NAW avatar as your picture ID on your social media during NAW
- Follow BAAF @BAAFAdoption on Twitter and retweet them
- Like and share their Facebook page BAAFAdoption
- Put up a National Adoption Week Poster somewhere – perhaps your local library or community centre.
- Write a letter to your local paper – it only needs to be around 150-200 words and can be emailed.
As well as this blog post, I will be promoting National Adoption Week via social media, and generally talking about nothing else for a week. If things really snowball I may even pull random people off the street, throw them in my garage and give them ‘Clockwork Orange’ style interrogation – hopefully rendering them unable to utter a sentence without preceding it with ‘adoption’ or ‘fostering’.
Well maybe not… However, adoption is something that is close to my heart, and I will be promoting National Adoption Week as best I can; I would implore you to do the same. After all, you wouldn’t have read this far down my post without having some kind of interest in adoption, right?
To take part in National Adoption Week, simply click here and spread the word.
About the Author: Andrew McDougallAndrew is an adoptive father, and stay at home dad. Having adopted his son in January 2013, he is a new adoptive parent, but well versed in the adoption process. He is a married, coffee drinker, Xbox addict, and a Marketing graduate. Andrew McDougall is an alias he uses to protect the identity of his adopted son.
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