November Is National Adoption Month

“God setteth the solitary in families” (Psalm 68:5a).

As a Christian organization, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms strongly supports adoption.

Adoption gives Christian believers an opportunity to follow the Lord’s commands to love our neighbors (Mark 12:31) and to “defend the poor and fatherless [and] do justice to the afflicted and needy” (Psalm 82:3). From a pro-life perspective, the availability of adoption is crucially important; it offers women facing crisis pregnancies a life-affirming alternative to abortion. For Christians, the adoption of a child holds spiritual significance as a reminder of our adoption as sons and daughters of the living God through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ (Galatians 4:3-7). Because of our strong support for adoption, NYCF advocates for pro-adoption legislation, including tax relief for adoptive families. In 2017, an adoption bill drafted by our organization became law; that law requires the State of New York to prepare a report on the impact of a potential special needs adoption tax deduction.

November is National Adoption month. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Adoption Month is a month “set aside to raise awareness about the urgent need for adoptive families for children and youth in foster care.” On October 30, President Donald Trump released a Proclamation on National Adoption Month. The Proclamation asserted that in 2019, “153,258 children were placed in the foster care system due to neglect, and 86,694 children were removed from their homes due to drug abuse.” The President affirmed the importance of keeping families unified, protecting children from abuse, and combating the opioid crisis that leads to many children being separated from their parents. He added:

Adoption also offers a loving option for women who experience unexpected pregnancies or are unable to provide for their children.  Every year, countless families -– including many who cannot have children of their own –- cherish the priceless gift of an adopted child.  My Administration believes that every human life has inherent value, and encourages adoption as an alternative to abortion.  All children, born and unborn, deserve a chance to have a better, more prosperous future.  I commend the selfless men and women who preserve the majesty of God’s creation by providing children with a chance at a better life.

The Proclamation closed by “[encouraging] all Americans to observe this month by helping children and youth in need of a permanent home secure a more promising future with a forever family and enter adulthood with the love and connections we all need.”

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms celebrates National Adoption Month and invites our friends and supporters to prayerfully consider what we might do to help children in need of forever families.

Our friends at Focus on the Family have provided some wonderful National Adoption Month resources here.