National Stepfamily Day is dedicated to foster families. Unfortunately, stereotypes continue to exist in society that these families cannot be happy or give a normal upbringing to children. This day is intended to change this attitude and thank the people who decided to adopt a child from an orphanage. It is celebrated on September 16th.
For a long time, there have been various family holidays, such as Father’s Day or Grandparents’ Day. However, families with adopted children were not given due attention.
In society, stereotypes have long existed in relation to foster families. This position was promoted on television. In serials and films, such families were portrayed as predominantly dysfunctional. However, in the 20th century, the situation gradually changed. The number of divorces and remarriages increased, and new children appeared in orphanages every year. As a result, the number of families with adopted children has also increased.
In society, foster families began to get more attention. The position is actively promoted that these are heroic people, because raising someone else’s child is a real feat. All children, without exception, need a family in which they can receive care, warmth, and comfort. To do this, in 1997, stepfather Christy Toosing-Borgeld established National Stepfamily Day so that foster families would not be deprived of attention and feel comfortable in society.
How to take part
- Congratulate your friends and acquaintances who adopted a foster child into the family.
- If you have long wanted to adopt a child from an orphanage, this day is a great occasion to make your wish come true.
- Become a volunteer in orphanages, bring gifts for children, or provide financial assistance to the organization.
- Create a post on social networks and share information about this holiday with people.
When is Stepfamily Day celebrated in 2023?
Stepfamily Day is observed on September 16 each year.