November is National Adoption Awareness Month

Where we Finish, a Family Starts

This November, to celebrate National Adoption Awareness Month, Gift of Adoption has a number of activities to raise awareness of Gift of Adoption across the country. Please join us at an event in your area or participate in our #MyGOAHurdle social media campaign (and invite your friends to participate, too!).

Scroll down to learn about all of our November activities:

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Gift of Adoption Special Events

Follow the links below to learn more or register. You can also follow GOA events on Facebook

Capital Region Chapter – 2nd Annual Fall for Family
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Home of Cynthia Quarterman & Pantelis Michalopoulos
Washington D.C.

Arizona Chapter – Picnic in the Park
Saturday, November 4, 2017
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, Rotary Ramada
Scottsdale, AZ

Connecticut Chapter – Distillery Tour and Tasting
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Litchfield Distillery
Litchfield, CT

Georgia Chapter – A Toast to Family
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Home of Nancy & Drew Miller
Atlanta, GA

Metro New York Chapter – Cocktail Reception
Thursday, November 9, 2017
CORE: Club
New York, NY

Tennessee Chapter – Art Auction Night
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Taramore Clubhouse
Brentwood, TN

Florida Chapter – Come Together for the Kids
Friday, November 10, 2017
Home of Michael Malatin
Tampa, FL

Carolinas Chapter – 4th Annual Cornhole Tournament
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Triple C Brewing Co.
Charlotte, NC

IL Chapter 2nd Annual High School Jr. Board Stair Climb
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Grant Thornton Tower
Chicago, IL

Colorado Chapter Appetite for Adoption
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Wash Park Grill
Denver, CO

Michigan Chapter Stepping Up Stair Climb
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Southfield Town Center
Southfield, MI

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#MyGOAHurdle Social Media Campaign

Beginning November 1 – join our #MyGOAHurdle social media campaign. The idea is simple:
  1. Snap a photo of you (friends and family can be included, too!) tackling a hurdle in your own surroundings. This can include leaping over a rock on a hiking trail, jumping over a pile of leaves, etc. The “hurdle” theme can be interpreted a number of creative ways!
  2. Write a short caption that ties your photo to the last hurdle many families face when adopting – funding.
    1. Tag @giftofadoption (Instagram and Twitter) or @giftofadoptionfund (Facebook) and 2-4 friends who you’d like to challenge to participate in the campaign.
    2. Include the hashtag #MyGOAHurdle (make sure your post is PUBLIC so we can see it!).
Olympic marathon runnner Ryan Hall, hurdler Keni Harrison, legendary ice skater and sports commentator Scott Hamilton, NFL player Muhsin Muhammad, Olympic skier Julia Marino, Chicago radio personality Kathy Hart, and “Barefoot Executive” author Carrie Wilkerson are all on board to post their GOA hurdle photos in November.

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Nora, this adorable 3-year-old born in China who lives with a rare skin condition, has found her forever home. Our team was honored to help welcome her to the U.S. at the airport, as the first child adopted through our #RAREis Adoption Fund in partnership w/ @GiftofAdoption.

Pam Devereux @GiftofAdoption discusses the difficulties children with rare diseases face getting adopted and how her organization works to provide financial assistance with the adoption process for children with complex medical needs @GlobalGenes #RARECast

Ernie @TurnerSportsEJ & Cheryl Johnson share what the gift of adoption means to their family at Gift of Adoption's Gather for the Gift 2018.

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Gift of Adoption Fund

Thanks to supporters of Gift of Adoption Fund - Ohio Chapter for helping to make this possible."I am grateful for the grant from Gift of Adoption Fund - Ohio Chapter that filled in the final funding gap, allowing me to bring this child home. Someday she will understand how much love from people she had never met helped bring her into this family." - Holly from Cincinnati, adopted Cecilia, in 2015. ... See MoreSee Less

Thanks to supporters of Gift of Adoption Fund - Ohio Chapter for helping to make this possible.

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Gift of Adoption Fund

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https://giftofadoption.org/gatherforthegift/

Exciting news! Sean Anders of Instant Family fame will now be joining Anthony Hamilton as a Special Guest at our 8th annual “Gather for the Gift”. We hope you can join us for this amazing night!
https://giftofadoption.org/gatherforthegift/
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Exciting news! Sean Anders of Instant Family fame will now be joining Anthony Hamilton as a Special Guest at our 8th annual “Gather for the Gift”. We hope you can join us for this amazing night! 
https://giftofadoption.org/gatherforthegift/

6 days ago

Robby Shane Cicero

Gift of Adoption helped us with our adoption process and we couldn't be happier parents. We feel so loved and so blessed to have these two amazing little girls Madison and Olivia. We couldn't thank everyone enough who has helped with the entire process. Thank you again. ... See MoreSee Less

Gift of Adoption helped us with our adoption process and we couldnt be happier parents. We feel so loved and so blessed to have these two amazing little girls Madison and Olivia. We couldnt thank everyone enough who has helped with the entire process. Thank you again.

1 week ago

Gift of Adoption Fund

"Enakai is still a joyous and very social child. Close to 65 people came to his 5th birthday party a couple weeks ago. He loves a party!" - Elise of Tucson, AZ (adopted Enakai in 2014 with the help of supporters of Gift of Adoption Fund - Arizona Chapter) ... See MoreSee Less

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Rock Bottom Brewery Wicked Elf Tapping Parties – Pints for a Purpose

To close out the month: On November 30th (At participating Rock Bottom Brewery locations), 100% of Wicked Elf beer sales during the Wicked Elf Tapping Party will be donated to Gift of Adoption. AND, for the life of the beer, $0.25 of each beer sold will be donated to Gift of Adoption. Please join us for a pint at any of the locations below. Details for each location can be found on our Facebook Events.

Participating Locations

Glendale, AZ
7640 West Bell Road
Glendale, AZ 85308

San Jose/Campbell, CA
1875 S. Bascom
Campbell, CA 95008

Downtown Denver, CO (note: November 29)
1001 16th St.
on the corner of 16th St. Mall & Curtis St.
Denver, CO 80265

Cincinnati, OH
10 Fountain Square
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Portland, OR
206 SW Morrison
Portland, OR 97204

Pittsburgh, PA
171 E Bridge Street
Homestead, PA 15120

Milwaukee, WI (note: November 29)
740 N Plankinton Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53203

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Happy Adoption Day Celebrations

Gift of Adoption has been a part of more than 2,000 adoption stories. Throughout November, we will be coordinating “Adoption Day Drop-In Celebrations” where volunteer teams will drop in and deliver a Nothing Bundt Cake and yard sign to Gift of Adoption families. Check back for photos from these celebrations.