November is National Adoption Awareness Month! Kinship Center uses these 30 days in some special ways to bring information and awareness to the communities we serve.

1. San Luis Obispo County’s Board of Supervisors along with the Department of Social Services issued a National Adoption Month proclamation for November.  “We would not be able to meet all the needs of adoptive families without the help of agencies like Kinship Center,” said Tracy Buckingham, Assistant DSS Director. (photo left)

2. Kinship Center’s Development Department gives thank-you bookmarks to those who donate cash or in-kind gifts. This month’s bookmark features “75 ways to praise a child!”

2. Family Recruiters brought Kinship Center information to the Resolve Conference in Orange County and a business expo in Monterey County.

3. The Kinship Celebration on November 14 in Costa Mesa brought hundreds together to celebrate adoptive family success!

4. Local businesses such as the Del Rey Car Wash in Monterey generously give space to Kinship Center displays. (Owner Sam also invited Kinship Center to speak at his Rotary Club.)

5. This month members of Kinship Center’s Board of Directors have challenged themselves to begin increasing awareness about adoption by personally introducing one new person each month to Kinship Center.

(Photo right: Banners tell a good story and remind communities about the importance of adoption!)

6.  Stories and ads from Kinship Center staff are appearing in newspapers and publication around the state. A Kinship Center column in the November issue of The Salinas Californian’s “Off 68” will highlight the story of Krystal, a young girl who received a second chance and is achieving her dreams.

7. Social Worker Gayle Ward was a keynote speaker at the Independent Educational Consulting Association conference in Ohio November 3-6. Gayle spoke to “Supporting Emotional Transitions for Adoptive Families: Knowing the Key Concerns.”

8. November 18 and 19 will be continuing sessions in Salinas for a Kinship Center hallmark ACT training for California social workers, child welfare workers and mental health professionals. ACT is a model training for the industry and is one of many educational products developed by Kinship Center experts.

9. Kinship Center appreciates and shares national, state and local recognition of National Adoption Awareness Month: and

10. This month the Kinship Center Gabilan Chapter Women’s Auxiliary is promoting sales of special afghans for holiday giving to raise money to support Kinship Center’s adoption services in San Benito County.

In this special month (and every day), Kinship Center is proud to honor the many men and women who step forward to give children new homes, new families, and new beginnings. We extend our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you!

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