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Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. This year's theme is "Teens Need Families, No Matter What” and it centers on efforts to achieve lasting permanency for teenagers in foster care.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services stresses that teenagers who have spent years in foster care need the commitment and care of a loving family to help them transition into adulthood.
Stopbullying.gov states, “When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time. Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy.”
October is the ADHD Awareness Month and the 2017 theme is “Knowing is Better: ADHD Across the Life Span.”
This year’s theme was chosen to reflect the belief that:
May is National Foster Care Month, a time to pay special attention to the more than 400,000 children and youth in foster care. There's an overwhelming need for individuals, families, and communities to become involved as foster parents, respite providers, volunteers, or mentors of children who need an adult role model.
The National Foster Care Month website is full of resources to help support children, youth, and their families, especially those involved in foster care. Some ways to help include the following:
Autism Awareness Month is a special opportunity to educate the public about issues within the autism community and to highlight the growing need for awareness about autism and autism spectrum disorders.
March is observed as Self-Harm Awareness Month. Self-harm, sometimes called self-injury, is any deliberate act that inflicts physical injury to one’s body. Self-harm by itself isn't suicidal behavior, but if the emotional distress that causes self-injury continues, it can cause suicidal thoughts.
In the United States alone, self-harm affects over 2 million individuals every year.
Since 1987, March has been designated National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.
The campaign highlights the ways in which people with and without developmental disabilities come together to form strong and diverse communities. It also provides an opportunity to create awareness and promote respect for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and bring to light the obstacles faced by these individuals and their families.
The American Psychological Association reports that the nation’s economic crisis has deeply affected the lives of millions of Americans. Skyrocketing foreclosures and job layoffs have devastated many families, particularly those living in low-income communities.
Many believe that alcoholism runs in families. And when the reality is that Mom, Dad, and Daughter are all addicted, the chaos that results may seem next to hopeless. It takes one brave soul to take the first, determined step and start the recovery of the whole family.
“It’s very inspiring because it’s a trickle-down effect: I left and got myself healthy and put myself back together, and I was able to help him put himself back together.”