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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.

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

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

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

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