Adoption Rocks! A Celebration of National Adoption Month, Austin Style

by Shannon Aronin on September 4th, 2010

Originally published on October 24, 2009.

“We must work tirelessly to make sure that every boy and girl in America who is up for adoption has a family waiting to reach him or her… This is a season of miracles, and perhaps there is no greater miracle than finding a loving home for a child who needs one.” - 42nd President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton and adopted child

November is National Adoption Month. Created by the Children’s Bureau under the Department of Health and Human Services, the stated goal of National Adoption Month is to raise awareness about the adoption of children and youth from foster care. The theme of this year’s celebration is “You don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent.”

It is important to note that like all national advocacy efforts, the real work of enhancing a cause’s visibility and does the heavy programmatic lifting happens at the local level. In Texas, the Gladney Center is the vehicle for the work that is one of the deepest expressions of human kindness and love. The mission of the Gladney Center is to provide loving homes for children, a caring environment for birth parents, supportive services for Gladney families and adoptees, and assistance to orphans and underserved children throughout the world. For 120 years now Gladney has been been building families, and has facilitated the adoption of 28,000 children! Gladney facilitates domestic as well as international adoptions from 9 different countries including Russia, China, Guatemala, and Mexico. The Center also offers education, social events and life long support to its constituents.

This year, Gladney will be the beneficiary of a benefit concert, Adoption Rocks!, which was inspired by an Austin family that enriched their lives with the adoption of their Ethiopian daughter last year. So they are celebrating as only Austin can, with a concert that rocks out and lives up to our reputation for live music! Here’s the info you need to get involved in supporting this wonderful cause:

Date & Time: November 13th, 2009 with a 7:30 and a 9:30 show

Where: Long Center for the Performing Arts

Who’s Playing: Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, John Pointer, and the Sangra Del Sol Dance Troupe

Contribution: Tickets are $100; $50 of which is tax deductible

Sponsorships: Adoption Rocks is pleased to offer customized sponsorships designed to meet the specific goals of your organization. If you are interested in discussing sponsorship levels and benefits, please contact Mike Chapman at

What else?: Hors d’oeuvres, Silent Auction and Cash Bar

To buy tickets, click on desired show time link below and enter the promotional code “ADOPTIONROCKS” (all caps)

7:30 pm link =

9:30 pm link =

Please, for all the children who need love and stability, pass this on to anyone you know who might consider purchasing tickets, sponsoring the event, or adopting a child.

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