November is National Adoption Month; a great time to celebrate and remember how every family is unique. If your child was adopted and he or she knows use November as a way to honor the special way you became a family. There are some fun activities you can enjoy with your little one. You can also use this month as a chance to spread awareness about adoption options.

This special celebration has been in existence for the past 17 years. It was created to spread the word about children who are awaiting homes.

At bedtime read positive stories about adoption. This can be a great way for your child to identify with characters in a story and see their family on the pages of a book. It can also be a way to introduce the true story of how they became a part of your family.

Remember to use family centric language when you talk about the adoption. If people ask when your child was adopted say, “We became a family last year” instead of “She joined our family last year.” This will enforce the idea that adoption is a family experience.

If you’re interested in adding to your family through adoption or foster care take advantage of National Adoption Month to get informed. Families come in all shapes and sizes and deserve to be celebrated!