A Spot at the Table: Truths About Foster Care Adoption
If you would like to learn more about fostering or adopting a child, visit AdoptUSKids for current and step-by-step information about the process. AdoptUSKids also maintains a database of children in U.S. foster care eligible for adoption at http://adoptuskids.org/meet-the-children/search. To contact AdoptUSKid by phone, call 888-200-4005 for an English-speaking staff representative and 877-236-7831 for a Spanish-speaking representative. For additional information, you can also go the Child Welfare Information Gateway, managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF).
Another wonderful resource is the Heart Gallery of America, “a traveling photographic and audio exhibit created to find forever families for children in foster care”. To access the heart gallery in the state where you reside and view all children eligible for adoption, click here http://www.heartgalleryofamerica.org/Galleries/index.html. For more information on National Adoption Awareness Month, visit https://www.childwelfare.gov/adoption/nam/#twtr=pro.
One final resource for my most special readers, those with the most understanding of hearts and the most open of minds. To you, I entrust a dream for the young adults for whom it appears to be too late, the youth who have already aged out of foster care and have found themselves seemingly alone in this world. Adoption has no age limit. May more people find it in their hearts to follow the footsteps of an amazing writer and mother, Holley Gerth;
“One night I watched a television special on foster kids who age out of the system and unexpected tears began to slip down my cheeks. This is not okay, I thought. These kids can’t spend the rest of their lives without parents. In case you aren’t familiar with the system, when foster kids turn 18 they’re simply sent out into the world as adults. I kept asking myself: Who will help them learn to be grown-ups? Who will walk them down the aisle on their wedding days? Who will be grandparents to their babies?”
Holley ended up volunteering at a transitional center for youth aging out of the foster care program and two hearts became one. You can read the inspirational story of Holley and her adopted 21 year old daughter, “A Family Love Story: How One Daughter Adopted Her Parents”, right here.
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