If you've been reading my blog over the last week or so, you may have seen the recent post I shared that was written by my friend Carly. If you haven't I'm going to toss the link up here so you can check it out later - because her emotional piece about her experience as a foster mom who had to say goodbye to her foster son is such a beautiful one and it's worth reading.
The timing couldn't have been more perfect for this opportunity to cross my path, to talk to you a bit about the AdoptUSKids program.
The AdoptUSKids program is working to raise awareness about the number of children in the foster care programs across the United States today who are looking for their forever homes.
Since the program started in 2004 over 22,000 children have been placed into homes and officially adopted. Over 35,000 families have registered to adopt children, so there are more families being matched up with these children as we speak (read!).
However, there are currently 402,000 children in foster care across America, and approximately 102,00 of them are waiting to be adopted into families. About 23% of these children who are registered with the program were registered with one or more siblings.
Anyone who has a sibling knows how important these relationships are when you're a child. When you're a child in foster care and have only your sibling(s) to connect with, this is even more the case. A sibling relationship is often the only relationship that is a constant for the child from a young age.
As a social worker I've worked with many sets of foster siblings. Having each other as they switched homes, hoped for a permanent family, made constant adjustments ... all of these difficult transitions? Just a bit easier for them together.
I've listened to brothers and sisters talk about their foster parents and families and how critical having each other was to them as they adjusted to their new homes. New relationships. Sometimes just the constant of having someone to pick on and fight with was enough to help them ease into the change. Because we have to admit it - siblings fight sometimes. But as someone with a younger brother I can tell you that nobody is allowed to come near him or fight with him - except me. That bond is undeniable. Unbreakable.
AdoptUSKids wants to help keep children together with their siblings when they're placed in their forever homes.
If you're looking for information on how to foster or adopt, AdoptUSKids has all the information you need. There are so many pieces of misinformation floating around that the process appears confusing and intimidating from afar. Head over to the AdoptUSKids website to find out more on who CAN adopt, and what myths are out there deterring you for no reason!
You don't have to be perfect to be a parent.
Not a single parent is perfect. Not one of us. You don't have to be, either.
Consider bringing home YOUR forever children. Your life will change as much as theirs do.
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* This post was written on behalf of AdoptUSKids. *