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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.
November 1st marks the beginning of Military Family Appreciation Month; a month-long celebration during which the Department of Defense and the nation will honor the commitment and sacrifices made by the families of the nation’s service members.
Throughout the month of November, military families will be honored and recognized for their support of our military and nation. This is an excellent time to recognize these families for the commitment and contributions they make every single day.
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:
September is Healthy Aging Month and is the perfect time to celebrate the wisdom, beauty and grace that comes from aging.
Celebrate Healthy Aging Month with these helpful tips.
1. Stay Active
Friends are good for your health. According to Harvard Health Publications, “social connections help relieve harmful levels of stress, which can harm the heart’s arteries, gut function, insulin regulation, and the immune system.”
According to the 2015 National Alliance for Caregiving/AARP Caregiving in America report, nearly half of all family caregivers are "somewhat stressed" and more than a third are "highly stressed."
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:
Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. For many aging Americans, this is a phase of life where interests, goals, and dreams get a new or second start. Older Americans are working longer, living longer, striving for wellness and advocating for themselves and others more than ever before.
Each May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads Older American’s Month, providing a special opportunity for the nation to learn about, support, celebrate and recognize our nation’s older citizens.