Hearts Open to Children

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. In his address to adoptive families in September 2000, Saint John Paul II stated: “To adopt a child is a great work of love. When it is done, much is given, but much is also received. It is a true exchange of gifts.”

He continued,

Adopting children, regarding and treating them as one’s own children, means recognizing that the relationship between parents and children is not measured only by genetic standards. Procreative love is first and foremost a gift of self. There is a form of "procreation" which occurs through acceptance, concern, and devotion. The resulting relationship is so intimate and enduring that it is in no way inferior to one based on a biological connection. When this is also juridically protected, as it is in adoption, in a family united by the stable bond of marriage, it assures the child that peaceful atmosphere and that paternal and maternal love which he needs for his full human development.

American Life League understands the importance adoption plays in our society and culture. It is the fulfillment of the divine plan impacting countless lives, building the culture of life. In observance of National Adoption Awareness Month, we share the joy of 16 Instagram users who opened their homes and families to children in need of one.  



It's OFFICIAL!!! Welcome to the family, Xavier and Hannah!! We love you so much! #NationalAdoptionDay #Niece #Nephew #Family #Adoption #GotchaDay

A photo posted by Jessica Ann (@jesseyka) on Nov 20, 2015 at 10:07am PST


Warning… Today I will most likely be over posting and sharing stories you've probably heard a million times!! (#sorrynotsorry ????) Such an amazing day to celebrate… #worldadoptionday AND Emile's Gotcha Day! This precious picture will always be in my heart!! A brother and sister meeting their new sister for the very first time!! What an amazing way they learned God DOES answer our prayers!! The love in this moment was unbelievable! There was no adjusting, no tears and no awkwardness… Just pure joy!!! Their hearts already knew each other!! #onlygod #fostercareadoption #adoptionrocks #answeredprayers #gotchaday #bestfriends #siblinglove

A photo posted by Shelby Greene Slahta (@epohfosterlove) on Nov 9, 2015 at 2:24am PST


#GotchaDay one year later. Loved every moment. #adoption #adoptionrocks #lovewins #lovemakesafamily #knittogetherbyadoption #beadadnotafad #domesticadoption

A photo posted by Adam Buttacavoli (@adam_buttacavoli) on Nov 4, 2015 at 5:36pm PST


20 years ago today my mom adopted me from China! #gotchaday

A photo posted by Kendalyn (@kenniwithani) on Nov 6, 2015 at 9:18am PST


A Girl & her Daddy. #tbt Throwback to October 2010 – Ghana, West Africa #gotchaday This is actually #Gotcha Week! This is one of my favorites from the whole week. #gratefulheart #adoption #family #ghana #africa #daddy #love Comment if you have your own Gotcha day pictures!!

A photo posted by 107MarketStreet (@107marketstreet) on Nov 12, 2015 at 6:12am PST


Happy #gotchaday Meicy Rose Ai Lin! #meimei #americaworld #adoptionrocks @americaworldadoption

A photo posted by Bob Griffin (@2bobbyg) on Nov 2, 2015 at 8:23am PST


November is known as the month of thankfulness, and today, my heart is full of thanksgiving. Today, 15 years ago, I officially became the daughter of two of the biggest, most phenomenal people and blessings in my whole entire life: my parents. The Lord has been so, so good to me–more than I deserve, and I do not think I will ever be able to fully express my gratitude towards my parents and The Lord for giving me the gift of an abundant life. #gotchaday #adoptionmonth

A photo posted by Abbyloohoo???? (@abbylynn8.9.10) on Nov 13, 2015 at 10:13am PST


Today is a special day in our house….it's our little girls Gotcha Day!!!! Two years ago today Abbie officially became a Barbee! Throwing this picture back to the day we brought her home from the hospital. #abbiecadabbie #fostertoforever #fostertoadopt #gotchaday

A photo posted by Callie Barbee (@texasbarbeedoll) on Nov 8, 2015 at 9:24am PST


Happy #gotchaday to Ashley and Triston! ???????????????????????? #2years

A photo posted by gtribe kids (@gtribekiddies) on Nov 15, 2015 at 1:21pm PST


"When you wish upon a star" ???????????? One year ago our dreams came true!!! We are truly blessed! #adoption #adoptionrocks #anniversary #11.14.14

A photo posted by cocacolacrazy (@cocacolacrazy) on Nov 14, 2015 at 9:11am PST


Well it's officially official, I now have another little sister! ????Lexie Belle Shoemaker???? She is sassy, strong-willed, caring, loving, sweet, girly, energetic, sporty, and beautiful and has made our family complete even when I didn't know it wasn't yet! I truly don't know what I would do without her! Lexie, thanks for stealing my heart three years ago!???? Little did I know, we were your forever home and I couldn't be more excited! I cannot wait to watch you turn into an amazing young lady! Just know that I will ALWAYS be here for you whenever you need me! You are so loved, baby girl!❤️ #itsofficial #nationaladoptionmonth #gotchaday

A photo posted by Ciera Shoemaker???????? (@ciera_joy) on Nov 17, 2015 at 2:56pm PST


Hard to believe it was only a week ago we got our Isaac. Here's the moment we became a family of three… #gotchaday #wewilllaugh

A video posted by Dustin Britt (@jdbritt) on Nov 16, 2015 at 11:27pm PST


Four years ago today we became a family of 6 Mamush still likes to call this day #gotchaday we ❤️ love him so

A photo posted by laceycoach (@laceycoach) on Nov 17, 2015 at 4:17pm PST


Happy Gotcha Day to my beautiful baby girl! One year ago we walked into the courthouse with the biggest crowd the judge had ever seen and you became part of the legacy that is my family! After 9 plus years of wanting children you were our miracle baby, our gift from heaven and you were so worth the wait. You are mommy and daddy's world and you will forever be our little princess. #gotchaday #missenault #fostertoadopt #adoption

A photo posted by Melissa Enault (@thelifeofawife) on Nov 18, 2015 at 7:56am PST


24 years ago today was the day my my Mom and Dad walked into that motel room on Shallowford Road in Chattanooga to meet a little two day old baby with a full head of red hair for the first time. I could not have been blessed with more supportive and giving parents. I am so thankful for them. As we say in our family, it was the "happiest day." #GotchaDay #HappiestDay

A photo posted by MK (@emkaywhatley) on Nov 18, 2015 at 7:12pm PST


I didn't realize it going into this adventure, but a year ago today would change my life forever! Watching Taylor Ji-Ho be welcomed into his forever family was a day I will remember for the rest of my life. I had watched adoption stories on TV and had seen how difficult the first couple weeks could be. This real life story was something of the movies!! Taylor was running, laughing and playing with his new brother within 10 minutes of the family gaining custody! Their relationship is so special..these boys absolutely adored each other from hour one!! This sweet boy has grabbed my heart and I felt as if my heart grew the first time I held him! Love you, Taylor Ji-Ho!! Happy Gotcha Day!!! #SouthKorea #Seoul #Adoption #GotchaDay #Blessed #LifeChanging

A photo posted by Kensy Kaelin (@kensyk) on Nov 20, 2015 at 4:36am PST