Monday, November 16, 2009

National Adoption Awareness Month

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. The purpose is to raise awareness about the adoption of children and youth from foster care. This year's theme is:"You don't have to be perfect to be a perfect parent."

The main focus of National Adoption Month is foster care adoptions. There are roughly 129,000 children in foster care in the United States waiting for adoptive homes.

That number is staggering and heart breaking.

Ryan and I were talking about this today and he said, "Imagine the pain we experienced longing for a child. Well imagine the pain these kids feel longing for a parent and wanting to call someone mom or dad. It's enough to make me cry."

Ryan and I would both love to adopt again some day. Maybe foster care is the route we'll go next. Clearly there are thousands of kids waiting, wishing and hoping for parents, siblings and a place to call home.

Foster to adopt is a much more economical route if you're considering adoption. The state pays it all from what I understand.

Foster care or not, have you ever thought about adoption? Infant, toddler, teen? Domestic or international?

If you haven't, I challenge you to take some time to think and pray about this amazing, awesome gift. Adoption has changed my heart, my life, my world. We would be doubly blessed to be able to experience it again.


Leah said...

Great post. My husband and I are currently in the process of adopting a baby boy from Ethiopia. It is a wonderful feeling to be doing this. It was always my dream to adopt. Thanks for bringing awareness to the issue.

KJ said...

Your blog has been such a blessing! I have used a couple of the resources you mention- I'm currently reading Inconceivable and loved the video you have on your site. My husband and I are beginning the process of adoptint domestically- we are so excited! elp