Everyday in November, as part of Joint Council’s National Adoption Month advocacy we’re asking you to take the 30-day Challenge to help improve the lives of children around the world.
Everyday will include three parts:
1) A story of a child who was lucky enough to find a family through adoption and is thriving to this day.
2) A story of a child who wasn’t/isn’t so lucky.
3) A task that everyone can do to help kids living outside family care. These tasks will take 5 – 15 minutes of your day and may include educating yourself and others about the needs of children, targeted asks to Members of Congress, or simply watching a video.
Stories and tasks will be posted on our blog everyday, as well as, throughout Joint Council’s social media forums, including Facebook, YouTube (if it’s a video) and Twitter. We encourage you to participate in the advocacy by letting your friends and family know about the effort through these social media outlets. Will you take the 30-day Challenge? If so, let us know by leaving the comment, “I Am The Answer.”
Will you take the 30 day challenge?
Stories and Task By Each Day:
“Please advocate for the 65 Kyrgyz children waiting to be adopted by U.S families. To learn more about one of these children read this story.” Then Be sure that you link to Nikolas and Shelby’s Blog Post on the President’s Wall!
November 3, 2010– Today will hit home. Read the Stories of Jason and Minuette Mae– One Child survived the US Foster care system and found a forever family while the other did not. Once you’ve read their stories visit www.beonetoo.org and watch the “I am One Video” found on the homepage.
November 4th, 2010- Some children are true miracles. Today, read about Song, who is blind, and George who has no arms. Find out about their journey to a forever family. Then Be The Answer by spreading the word about the challenge and Joint Councils work! Find our facebook page by clicking here , “like” our page and refer our page to 5 of your friends!
November 6th, 2010 – Read Joya’s Story of domestic adoption in Bangladesh and watch Evan’s Story of his short time with his adoptive family. Finally, take action by contacting your local Barnes & Noble bookstore about setting up a gift wrapping table in December with all proceeds going to Joint Council or one of our members. Click here to find a Barnes & Noble in your area!
November 8th, 2010 – Watch what Rose says about her adoption and read how Gabe struggles to survive. Then help one of the many, many wonderful organizations working in Haiti, Haitian Roots. Six Seeds will donate $2 to Haitian Roots for every comment left after this article! Each comment has to have a unique email address, but if you have more than one address, you can comment more than once. It’s a simple and easy way to help orphaned children get the education they need!
November 9th, 2010 Read about Vivian and Manuel,then, Be The Answer by visiting the Guatemala900 website and signing up to receive updates on the children waiting in Guatemala and what you can do to help!
November 10th, 2010: Samantha had an Answer, Lei is still waiting for one-Read their stories then Be The Answer using our iAMtheanswer sign (Or make your own)! Take a picture of yourself showing your support for the I Am The Answer Campaign. Once you’ve done that make it your Facebook or blog picture and keep it there for the rest of the month! Submit to Joint Council at email@example.com with your name, contact phone number, and an email address so we can post it on our Facebook page. By doing this you’ll be entered to win a $50 gift card to Target!
November 11, 2010: Nikita is waiting for an Answer while Juliana has found one. Be The Answer for Nikita and others by visiting the Both End Burning Website– watch the video, read the petition and sign it today! P.S. we don’t choose the winner of the $50 gift card to Target for yesterday’s task until next week Wednesday so keep sending your “I am the Answer” pictures! For more info (read the bottom of the post).
November 12, 2010: Evangeline had an Answer where as Addison never had the Chance for her Answer- Be The Answer for Addison and others by watching this video, sharing it with five people and asking them to join the campaign by signing up to learn more about our work in Kyrgyzstan by clicking here. Make sure you’ve signed up too!
November 13, 2010: Read one family’s attempt to adopt Mercy, which through a turn of events lead them to adopt Josie. Be The Answer for Mercy by buying an adoption book (Click the link for a list of recommendation) and donate it to your local library to raise awareness about adoption in your community!
November 14, 2010: Read two stories from U.S. foster care – Jamel, who aged out and a story of a child who was lucky enough to be adopted as a teenager. Be The Answer for another child by reading Rage Against the Minivan and find out what others in the community are doing to battle the global orphan crisis – and what you can do to help.
November 15, 2010:Read about Midelyne and Katy then today, November 15th two pieces of legislation, which have already passed the Senate, are expected to be voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives. Today, as early as possible, please contact via phone and/or email your Representative and respectfully request their support the Help for HAITI Act, which would provide Midelyne with citizenship in the U.S., and the Adoption Simplification Act. For more information on these two pieces of legislation, click here. To find your Representative please visit, house.gov. Once you have completed this task, email us and let us know!
November 17, 2010: Kenny has An Answer, but Emir is still waiting. Read their stories then Be The Answer in style by Purchasing one of the many great t-shirts on our “Be The Answer” apparel site. 100% of the profit from these shirts goes to help more children, like Emir to have a home and family to call their own. To check out all of Joint Council’s shirts, click here.
November18, 2010: Josette found her Answer while Jenny and Lily didn’t have An Answer. Be The Answer for them and other children by telling a child how much you love them and how important they are in your life.
November 20, 2010: Happy National Adoption Day from Joint Council! These are the stories of Boots and Evyn. Read their stories and then Find and attend a National Adoption Month Event in your area. Email Joint Council at firstname.lastname@example.org with what you did. Include pictures so we can share them with our followers!
November 21, 2010: Himani needs someone to Be The Answer while Delamce has found his Answer. Be The Answer by submitting a photo to our 2010-2011 photo contest! Information can be found here!
November 22, 2010: Read Madi’s experience in Haiti and Kembe’s adoption story. Then, act for the children, like Kembe, who came into the U.S. on Humanitarian Parole Program after the earthquake. Here’s what to do: Contact via phone and/or email your Representative and respectfully request their support of the Help Haiti Act. For detailed information regarding the legislation, please read below. To find your Representative, please click here. 2) Once you have contacted your representative, please let us know by e-mailing email@example.com
HELP Haiti Act (H.R.5283)
The HELP Haiti Act was introduced by Representative Fortenberry in response to the needs of 1,200 children who entered the U.S. through Humanitarian Parole after the earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010.
Using Humanitarian Parole to unite children with their adoptive families was a true act of humanitarianism. Unfortunately, a barrier still exists which causes significant and undue delays in providing American citizenship to these children. This is especially critical for older children who continue to ‘age out’
This bill grants no special considerations to the children but rather places them on the same path to citizenship enjoyed by all other internationally adopted children.
November 23, 2010: Watch the CBS News Video “Orphans Left to Starve in Iraq”– one of our most powerful and most disturbing stories to date then consider a Donation of $40, the average cost of a Thanksgiving dinner, to Joint Council so that more children can live, grow and thrive in the love of a family.
November 24, 2010: Read the stories of Bella, adopted from Guatemala, and Ameera, who is still waiting to be united with her family. Then Be The Answer for the hundreds of families waiting from Guatemala, Vietnam, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, who need your support more than ever. Leave a message of hope, encouragement and support for them and other families who are still waiting for their children. This message can be left below in the comments field of this blog post, our facebook wall , or can be e-mailed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. What will your message to these waiting families be?
November 25, 2010: In honor of Thanksgiving, messages from two little girls named Hope. Both from China but with very different life paths. Read the story of Allanah Hope and Hope Moats. Then, thank someone who helped the adoption of a loved one. Write a small thank you note (or show your appreciation in another way) to a social worker, judge, or anyone else who has had a positive impact in the adoption of a loved one.
November 26, 2010: Read the thoughts of Dr. Jane Aronson about a little boy with special needs she met during a trip to Haiti after the earthquake and Anara, a little girl with special needs who was lucky enough to find An Answer. Be The Answer for another child by reading about and signing the Families for Orphans Act Petition. Will you Be The Answer for the estimated 143 million orphans?
November 27, 2010: Read the story of Gabriel and Jamie and one family’s struggle to help them both. Then Be The Answer For Children like Gabriel and Jaime all around the world by becoming a fan of the Families For Orphans Coalition Facebook Page. Once you’ve become a fan- Invite 5 of your friends to be a fan as well!
November 28, 2010: Read a story about a little boy from Vietnam who waited while intercountry adoptions were closed (since Vietnam has opened and re-closed) and the story of children in Romania who wait for reform of an ethical child welfare system. Be The Answer by reading about Heart of the Matter Seminars on their Facebook Page or Visiting their website! Families and Professionals who visit the page will have a chance to win a $150 gift certificate for any combination of live webinars or recorded courses. Current fans of the page can participate by entering a comment on our wall.
November 29, 2010: Today, Read Martha and Kyoo Bin’s stories. Then, Be The Answer for children around the world by watching Joint Council’s Be The Answer Video. Share your thoughts on the video by leaving a comment on YouTube.
November 30, 2010: Give yourself a big pat on the back and reflect on all we have accomplished this month