A Spot at the Table: Truths About Foster Care Adoption
There is also a need for adoptive parents who understand the importance of strong sibling bonds. This year’s 2014 Adoption Awareness Month theme is “Promoting and Supporting Sibling Connections.” Explains ACF child advocates, “The sibling bond is critically important over the course of a lifetime and is often the longest lasting relationship most people have-longer than the parent/child or spousal relationship. Over the last two decades, research has demonstrated the vital nature of sibling bonds and their importance for children’s development and emotional well-being. When siblings cannot be placed together, facilitating regular contact is essential to maintaining these relationships.”
With so many children and youth of varying backgrounds, ages, and needs eligible for adoption, and so many adults out there with big hearts, patience, a sense of humor, and “perfectly imperfect” lives, surely there is a match for every child. Could it possibly be you or someone you know? Might you consider sharing this article with a neighbor, friend, or family member you feel would be a great adoptive home and tell them why you believe in them? Perhaps then, next Thanksgiving, there will be one more seat filled at that family table. Perhaps next Christmas there will be one more smiling face in the family photo.
Will you or a friend or family member provide that hope and make one child or youth’s dream come true?