As many of you may know, we have been blessed to have adopted a child from the U.S. foster care system.
It’s been a roller coaster for sure, but we wouldn’t change it for the world.
Due to confidentiality, we don’t share the details of his exact situation, but he obviously is not alone.
Did you know, today….
402,000 children are in the foster care system in the United States. Nearly 102,000 children (under 18 years of age) waiting for adoption.
Can you imagine how many kids are not wishing for a tablet, new phone, or a doll, but an actual family?
During this holiday season, there’s an extra push to help them find homes. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AdoptUSKids and the Ad Council recently unveiled a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) designed to continue to encourage the adoption of children from foster care with an emphasis on “You don’t have to be a perfect parent”.
If there is one thing we have learned is perfectionism is about the worst thing not only in regular parenting, but especially in adoption. Structure is good, perfectionism not so much!
Many times, there are siblings also listed. Approximately 23% of children and youth actively photolisted on the AdoptUSKids website and waiting for placement in adoptive homes were registered with one or more siblings. Sibling relationships are often the longest-lasting relationships for children in foster care.
Since the launch of the campaign in 2004, more than 22,000 children who were once photo-listed on the AdoptUSKids website are now with their adoptive families and over 35,000 families have registered to adopt through AdoptUSKids.
For more information about adoption, or about becoming an adoptive parent to a child from foster care, please visit http://adoptuskids.org/ or visit the campaign’s communities on Facebook and Twitter.