One of the coolest things about the month of November is that it is National Adoption Month. I love that there is a whole month dedicated to the children who have been adopted, the parents that have adopted and the children who are waiting to be adopted. Adopted, adopted, adopted. I love to throw that word around. And this November that is exactly what we all should be doing. There is no better way to let people know about the need prevalent in foster care than to tell about your own experience with fostering and adoption. There is a lot of fear around these two actions. It is not unfounded. Adoption from foster care brings many unknowns into a home. Yet, there are people all over the world who have done it and succeeded. If you are one of them- tell people. Let them know that all the things that are faced when bringing a foster child into your home are manageable. Let them get a feel for what your life looks like so they can decide if it is the right choice for them.
The need for foster parents is great. Every day, children are being removed from their homes and placed in the protective care of a foster home. Some of these children are able to return home and things get better for them. Some are not and are adopted by the family that served as their foster family. Yet, there is another group. These beautiful children are foster children who cannot go back to their biological families and cannot be adopted by their foster families. They need your help. They are in the foster care system waiting for their forever family.
My favorite part of the holiday season is the emphasis on the family. These foster children need that emphasis in their lives. If you have a heart for children and desire to make a difference in the lives of the next generation- consider becoming a foster parent. If foster parenting isn’t right for you and you desire to have a permanent situation, consider adoption. This is an amazing gift that will require a patient heart, a loving home and a person willing to give, give, give. Yet, when done right, it is an amazing thing. I love that.
Mark the month of November down as National Adoption Month. Share your story. Give others the gift of a view into your life. It can give a child a chance at a strong future.