I just added a widget that is not quite working yet. :) I have to be authorized first. (I am glad they are being careful) But when it works, it will show listings of Children within the U.S. Foster Care System that are available for adoption!
There are MANY children here, that need homes. You can click on the photos and read about the children. I want to add that in the U.S., there is a LOT of information about emotional needs, educational needs etc. I read those and take note, but also know that things can wind up in a child's report based upon opinion.
In foreign countries, they don't really write any of this stuff into a record. So, everybody is surprised when a child comes home with emotional needs that were beyond what they were prepared for.
ALL CHILDREN who enter foster care, or an orphanage are there due to abuse, neglect or both. ALL of them will have emotional scars and needs that go beyond the typical experience of a child born into a family that is loved and nurtured from day one.
But that DOES NOT MEAN that a child cannot heal, succeed, or FLOURISH! We have 4 daughters from 4 VERY DIFFERENT backgrounds, all with their own stories and histories.
For those of you who were just entering the process for Russia, which is now closed down, please consider a child that is already here, already speaks English and is also waiting for a home with Parents like you!
Let me also mention the benefits of adopting older children AND especially SIBLING GROUPS.
Older children are wonderful. Yes, they have had a life before you... but one of the benefits is that they are old enough to TALK about it, or tell you about it! If you are older, like us, an older child would fit in perfectly. :)
Older Children WANT a mother and a father just like babies do. They long to be cherished like any other person would.
They deserve a permanent, loving, home too!
If you know of a waiting child in foster care, you can click HERE to add them to the list.
There is a lot of unnecessary FEAR that drives people away from the foster care system in America.
There is no question that changes need to be made to make things easier and less confusing, and to clear up who is available for adoption and who isn't.
Until a child has been CLEARED.... YOU CANNOT count on that child being your child.
All court documents must be correct, and nothing left undone.
Our three girls, adopted here in the United States (one foster care, two private through disruption)
had to go through a VERY thorough paperwork process and it takes TIME. Anna was with us 10 months before her adoption was finalized, Sarah 6 and Alli just 3. It depends upon the State in which you adopt and how backed up the system is.
Also, there are many groups for support within the Foster Care System. We still get invited to groups in Oklahoma where Anna is from. :) Take classes and USE the tools given to educate yourself on the joys and challenges of adoption.
So, as soon as this widget is approved, please consider each child and pray for them and for their future parent, who could very well be YOU! :)
“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis
― C. S. Lewis
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)