November is National Adoption Awareness Month. Last week and still into this week, the Internet saw an influx of posts by waiting families, adoptive parents, birth parents, adoptees, social workers and agencies talking about their feelings and events regarding the "celebration." While originating as a week to bring awareness to children in foster care in the United States, it was promoted to a month in 1995.
As many of you know, I write for AdoptionBlogs as the Birth/First Parent blogger. I dedicated a whole series of posts to Mother's Day. It was easy for me to do considering I'm a woman, an everyday Mom and a First Mom to a beautiful Munchkin. However, Father's Day is looming just around the corner. Its true that birth mothers are negatively stereotyped and stigmatized in our nation. Sadly, birth fathers often have a worse reputation for reasons that are often out of their control.