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Celebrating Two Types of Thanksgiving in November

Celebrating Two Types of Thanksgiving in November
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By with Michael R. Shannon
Tuesday, 12 November 2019 12:39 PM Current | Bio | Archive

All Americans know we celebrate Thanksgiving in November, but we’d like to urge you to commemorate another event this month: adoptions. November is National Adoption Month and in Colorado and Alabama there is really something worth celebrating.

Fox 31 informs us the Colorado Department of Human Services will single out five Colorado families at an event held at the Governor’s mansion. “The families being honored at the event come from Arvada, Englewood, Denver, Mead and Florence, and have collectively adopted 17 children through foster or kinship care.”

Seventeen kids sound like quite a few, and for the children involved the event is momentous, but the need is still great. “Thus far in 2019, 646 children and teens in foster care have been adopted.” Unfortunately, there are still 433 still awaiting their ‘forever home.’

Meanwhile in Alabama the state has set another record in foster care adoptions. Brandon Moseley reports, “In Fiscal Year 2019, there were 731 foster care adoptions, which is an all-time record for the state. That is up from the previous year’s record of 727 adoptions. The governor celebrated this news with Alabama families and their adopted children.”

That marks the second consecutive year Alabama has set a state record for adoptions. As Gov. Kay Ivey observed, “As Alabama sets another positive record, it is a privilege and truly special for me to spend time with adoptive parents and children who now have their forever home.”

That leaves 299 children still in the system awaiting their chance for adoption.

Most of these children were adopted while in foster care by the foster parents. If you’ve ever considered adopting, November is a good month to start taking positive steps. Becoming a foster care parent is a great place to begin.

Fostering a child is almost a try-before-you-buy system for adoption. During the foster care process couples can learn if they are really ready to become an adoptive parent, without making a permanent commitment. At the same time the couple can discover over a period of time if the child they are currently fostering is a good fit for the family.

Should the answer to both questions be ‘yes’ then the adoption follows naturally.

Don’t delay. There are a wide range of foster care services, ranging from the purely secular state social services to organizations run by Christian groups. If you feel that adoption would be right for your family we urge you to pray over the question first and then — depending on your decision — contact a foster care group during November.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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All Americans know we celebrate Thanksgiving in November, but we’d like to urge you to commemorate another event this month: adoptions. November is National Adoption Month and in Colorado and Alabama there is really something worth celebrating.
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