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6/10/10

National Foster Care Month - Will you be my family?


I spent most of my childhood in orphanages in my country. The memories are haunting, and just saying that, brings a lump to my throat. I live and deal with it. 

I remember praying so much for a family all my own. I didn't even think of them having money or anything like that. As a child the only thing you want is love and hugs and food and shelter and more hugs. 

I waited. I prayed. I cried.

Then I stopped praying. Eventually I stopped crying. 

I never got that family, but I pledged my heart to give myself to a child who needs a family like I did, when I became an adult. This desire still burns within me. And although I'm late posting this, I still think this important information must be shared. 

Did you know it would take less than 1% of the U.S. population to provide a family for every child in foster care?  

May is National Foster Care Month and there has never been a greater need to bring attention to children waiting for forever homes.  More than 463,000 children are currently in foster care and 123,000 children are waiting to be adopted.  

Children in foster care are loving children.  They are children like Shaquane and Edlina and Albert.  Every child deserves to have a home with caring and supportive parents.  

Help us spread the message this month to reach all Americans and teach them about the love and joy that foster care adoption can bring to your life.
Visit www.adoptuskids.org to learn more about fostering and adopting. You can also join our online communities on Facebook and Twitter.


Together, We Can Make a Difference
Through the dedication of advocates, child welfare professionals, elected officials and support groups around the country, the total number of children waiting for a safe and permanent family has decreased from more than a half million to 463,000 between 2003 and the end of 2008. These numbers tell us that, together, we can make a difference for children in foster care.
But there is still so much work to be done, as there are more than 123,000 children waiting to be adopted. 

How you can help:
-      Check out this video – “Children in Foster Care’ http://adoptuskids.org/content.aspx?q=National-Foster-Care-Month
-      Check out ways to get involved here: http://adoptuskids.org/content.aspx?q=National-Foster-Care-Month
-      Join us on Twitter and Facebook





About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.
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2 comments :

  1. Speaking as a child welfare worker who works with foster children on a regular basis, I can say that foster parenting (and especially adoptive foster parenting) is one of the most amazing things people can do for children!!

    You are the kind of stories I like to hear - someone who's been through the difficult part of it and wants to make the difference for those who come behind you. Thanks for this post!

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  2. As a foster parent for years,we adopted our foster daughter when she was 16,we got her the first tiem when she was 12,then they placed her back an for 2 yrs we had NO contact whatsoever,then they called an asked us if we wanted our girl back an of course we said YES,an went an got her,wow,2 yrs had made a huge difference in her,an we had lots of hurdles to jump,but we were going to move from VT to TN,we asked her if she wanted to go with us or not,an she said yes,so we got the adoption going,which is what we wanted when she was 12,she is now 18,my only regret is that when you take the foster parenting classes in one state they dont cross over to another state,I wish that would change.thanks for opening up the topic,an FYI,she was #6 for us,we were empty nesters,our 5 kids were grown an gone when we started foster parenting,because we felt we still had a lot to give to a child.

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