As many of you who have been reading my fiction for a while know, family is really important to me. And if there is a common theme that runs through my work, it is this: Family is what you make it. Family comes in many forms. Some of us have been blessed with amazing biological families (I count myself among them) and some of us have created our own families around us built from relatives, friends, and others who have come into our lives and touched us profoundly.
So I’m sure it will come as no surprise to most of you that the cause of adoption, particularly from the US foster care system, is something that I’m passionate about. According to AdoptUSKids.org, there are currently 115,000 children eligible and waiting in the United States foster care system to be adopted. Most of these children aren’t babies, but I believe that every single one of them deserves a permanent and loving family.
November is National Adoption Month. Last year, 4500 children finalized adoptions on November 19th, National Adoption Day, and even though I’m a very little fish in a very big pond, I’d like to do my part to help. For this reason, I’m pledging to donate 100% of the November proceeds for my first book, A Hidden Fire, to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Now, I don’t have a bestseller, but I have been able to recoup most of my costs putting out the book from my October sales; so I’m almost in the black, and I have you readers to thank for it. I’d like to spend this month promoting the book and this fantastic organization and cause.
I’m just starting out, but every little bit helps. And while I want my book to find new readers, I really hate promotion. But I can feel good about promoting this. Some people give away free books or host contests to create word of mouth about their fiction, and all that is great, but I’m hoping that I can get the word out about my book and raise some awareness and money for a really excellent charitable organization that supports a cause that I’m passionate about.
I want to give credit to YA author Patricia Carrigan for tweeting the link to RABMAD (Read A Book. Make A Difference.) the other day, which inspired me to think about what cause I could use my (very small, but growing) platform to support. I’m so excited about this project and I’m excited about the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. I’ll be doing a post later in the week highlighting more information about this amazing organization and what it has done to promote adoption from the foster care system.
Also, if you have a story about how adoption (any kind!) has impacted your life or family in a positive way, email me! I’d love to hear from you. I’m opening my blog this month to guest posts from readers and writers about how adoption changes lives. Hopefully, we can do our part to make this holiday season a joyful one for more adoptive families.
Thanks for reading and for your support,