By Alex Temblador
November 21st is National Adoption Day, a day that brings awareness to the thousands of children that are currently waiting in the foster care system for a home. Across the country, hundreds of families are being formed, new parents are signing legal papers to bring their children home, and kids are radiating with joy at the thought of having a family to call their own. 4,500 children were adopted on National Adoption Day last year alone and 54,500 children total have been adopted thanks to this day in the last 15 years.
To celebrate National Adoption Day, we thought we’d share some foster care adoption facts with you so that if you’ve ever thought of adoption, perhaps you might take the leap toward celebrating National Adoption Day next year in true family forming style!
On the other hand, some prospective parents think that the term, “special needs,” means that a foster child has a disability. This just might mean they have siblings in the system or are an older child and has had more difficulty being adopted.
It’s oftentimes children with disabilities or special needs that bring so much joy to parents. Just check out the wonderful things that these lesbian moms say about the child with autism that they’re foster adopting and the immense positive change he has brought to their family.
Cost wise, adopting a child from the foster care system is less costly than the doctors and hospital bills associated with having a baby, which range from $9,000 to $250,000.
True, both situations will have their own struggles, but having a child in any instance will bring worries, questions, and fears. Just because you aren’t the same race or ethnicity as a foster care child doesn’t mean that you can’t provide them with the cultural knowledge and attention that they need. Like any other parent, you research, you ask others questions, you eventually figure it out.
As for raising an older child, understand that that child might have been in the foster care system for years and wants a family just as badly as a child that’s four.
Worries are great to have, but parenting is always something that comes with its own challenges. As long as you are willing to try, you are willing to give a foster care child a chance at a brighter future.
Though it may not be a fact in the traditional sense, for our purposes, it is a fact. To knowingly bring a child into your home and provide them with a family that they deserve is heroism by our definition.
If we think you are a hero, imagine what that foster child that you adopt will think.
Featured Photo by Krista Guenin
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