In honor of National Adoption Month and National Adoption Day, we're releasing 50 of our favorite adoption shirt designs -- completely free. You can use these designs for launching a fundraiser, printing your own shirts, or whatever you can dream up!
Each design is also packaged with a layered Adobe Photoshop (PSD) and Illustrator (AI) file so you can customize it any way you see fit. Simply click the download link for each design and then unzip the folder on your computer. Enjoy!
1. Family is More than Blood V3
2. Adoption Alphabet
3. Hope for One V3
4. One Less Orphan
5. 147 Million Orphans Minus 1 V2
6. Adopt Heart
7. Chosen By Love
8. Adoption is Beautiful
9. Love Makes a Family V3
10. Adopt without Doubt
12. Simply Love
13. It Takes a Village
14. Love Makes a Family V2
15. Hope for One V2
16. Adoption Rocks V2
17. Adoption is Love
18. Love is Waiting
19. Family is More than Blood
20. Adoption is Love V2
21. Adopted for Life
22. Adopted for Life V2
23. Chosen by Love V2
24. Family is More than Blood V2
26. Chosen by Love V3
27. Adoption is Love V3
28. Hope for One V4
30. I Adopt
31. Adopt Happiness
32. I'll Adopt
33. Love Adopted Hope
34. Hope Love Adopt
35. 147 Million Minus 1
36. Orphans Need Families
37. John 14:18
38. Adopt Heart Cloud
39. Adopted Cross
40. Hope for One
41. Love Makes a Family
42. Adoption Rocks
43. Chosen for Life
44. Pray Love Act
45. One Less Orphan V2
46. One More Loved
47. Adoption is How I Roll
48. One More Loved V2
50. Blessed By Adoption
Learn More About National Adoption Month & National Adoption Day
November is National Adoption Month and November 22 is National Adoption Day.
National Adoption Month has been celebrated since 1995, and National Adoption Day has been celebrated since the year 2000.
Both events, however, can be traced back to 1976, when Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis announced “Adoption Week” as a way to spread awareness of the need for adoptive families for children in foster care.
National Adoption Day
Today, we continue that tradition by holding National Adoption Day every November before Thanksgiving. National Adoption Day always takes place on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The date is specifically chosen so that foster children can find a home before Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Every year, approximately 300 National Adoption Day events are held across the country. Events are organized by several major non-profit groups and smaller partners, including:
- The Alliance for Children’s Rights
- Children’s Action Network
- Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
- Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
- Freddie Mac Foundation
Together, these organizations have been responsible for helping tens of thousands of children find happy “forever” homes with loving parents. Here are some of the heartwarming statistics about National Adoption Day:
- Since 2000, more than 40,000 children have been adopted from foster care on National Adoption Day
- In 2013, approximately 4,500 youth in foster care were adopted by their forever families during the 14th annual National Adoption Day celebration
- Today in the United States, approximately 100,000 children in foster care are awaiting adoption from a permanent and loving family
Myths about adoption
Many people have preconceived notions about adoption and foster care. National Adoption Day aims to dispel these myths:
MYTH: There are not enough loving families available who want to adopt children from foster care
In 2012, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption conducted a survey which revealed 1 in 5 American adults had considered adoption. Of those adults, 72% had considered adoption from foster care – which is a higher percentage than any other form of adoption. The next two most popular adoption methods were private infant adoption and international adoption. One of the main goals of National Adoption Day is making loving families aware that there are children in their local area in need of a good home.
MYTH: Adopting a child from foster care involves lots of annoying red tape and bureaucracy
This used to be true. However, in 1997, Congress streamlined the foster care adoption process by enacting the Adoption and Safe Families Act. This vastly reduces the amount of red tape while still ensuring children are placed within a good, loving home.
MYTH: Adopting a child from foster care is expensive
This myth persists today, but it’s totally false: adopting children from foster care is typically free. Many agencies do not charge to connect families with children in foster care. Additionally, government agencies often offer adoption assistance, and some companies do the same as part of their employee benefits package. Federal tax credits can also offset the fees and court costs of the foster care adoption process, and new adoptive parents can qualify for a maximum tax credit of $13,190.
MYTH: Adoptive parents need to be traditional model parents
Contrary to the above myth, approximately one third of foster care adoptions are by single parents. Adoptive parents come from a diverse range of backgrounds and qualifications. One goal of National Adoption Day is dispelling the notion that prospective parents need to be a modern day version of “Ozzie and Harriet.” A love for children and a commitment to good parenting are the two most important qualifications. More and more states are also allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt foster children
MYTH: Children in foster care come with too much “baggage”
This may be the saddest and most untrue myth of them all: some people believe that foster children have too much emotional or physical baggage. Just like all children, foster children have enormous potential to thrive when given love, patience, and a stable environment. As testament to that fact, former U.S. Senator Ben “Nighthorse” Campbell and Minnesota Viking Dante Culpepper were both adopted from foster care – as were many other happy and successful individuals.
National Adoption Month
November 22 is National Adoption Day, but the entire month of November is National Adoption Month. Every year, the United States Children’s Bureau funds National Adoption Month as part of a joint partnership with AdoptUSKids and Child Welfare Information Gateway.
The month starts with an official proclamation from the President of the United Sates. Many state governors also issue their own proclamations to raise awareness.
2014’s National Adoption Month has a theme of “Promoting and Supporting Sibling Connections”. This theme pays tribute to the unique bond between siblings and the important of that bond as we age.
As ChildWelfare.gov explains, “It is the longest lasting relationship most people have, longer than the parent-child or spousal relationship.”
Over the last two decades, research has shown that children and youth experience better outcomes from foster care when placed with their siblings. This year’s National Adoption Month wants to spread awareness of the importance of the special bond between siblings.
You can learn more about National Adoption Month at ChildWelfare.gov.