I don’t get to this site very often, since most of my posts are published under Indigo Sea Press. For this, I apologize.
My wife and I are foster parents. We house little ones who the state remove from homes where there are problems of abuse (any sort), drugs or lack of care. In the past 8 years we have taken in twenty babies, some “normal” but many medically fragile. We adopted a little girl several years ago and now she an integral part of our family. In other words, she is our daughter and we are her mom and dad, just like the girls we gave birth to. She is now almost seven and she has really changed our lives. By the way, I and sixty-two.
Foster care is not for every family, but if you have ever considered adopting or being a foster parent, I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and change the life of a child.
In North Carolina alone there are over 5,000 children in the foster care system. Many have been separated from siblings and wouldn’t it be cool to reunite them in your family. Many are eligible for adoption. Every year kids age out of the foster care system and are put out on their own at the age of 18. There are not many options for a kid with little money and less education and no place to call home. Imagine the results.
May is Foster Care Awareness Month. I pulled some information off the Dropping Anchors Blog on Facebook and this is what I found:
*Over 415,000 children live in foster care in the US because of child abuse reports.
*Over 100,000 children in foster care are eligible for adoption, but one-third will wait over three years before being adopted.
*25% are infants.
*The average age of a child in foster care is 2 years old, and 50% are separated from their brothers and sisters.
*Over 23,000 teens will age out of the system without a family to call their own.
*Those kids that age out will normally experience homelessness, drug and alcohol dependence, sexual abuse and commit crimes.
Kids belong in families. Families that care and love. Fostering is not an easy job, as a matter of fact, it is one of the hardest, most difficult jobs I’ve ever done, besides parenting. A lot of people say “I just couldn’t let them go.” More often than not, you don’t need to. Others say, “I would love them too much.” Don’t you wish that sometimes someone would love you too much?
Look into foster care. You could change the life of a child, not to mention your own, forever. A simple phone call could start you on a journey of a life time.