Have you been thinking about adopting a child? Do you wonder if you have what it takes to be a parent-by-adoption?
The decision to adopt should come with a healthy dose of contemplation. A child’s life depends on a parent’s complete and total dedication.
Today, too many kids in America are languishing in the foster system. In total, there are some 400,000 children in U.S. foster care right now. Around 100,000 of them are eligible and waiting to be adopted. These are kids who won’t be with their forever families this Thanksgiving.
It’s hard to think of what might be going through their innocent minds. How they may wonder if a family will ever arrive. They may question if they’re even worthy of a family. It’s devastating to think about how heavy this weight must be on their young shoulders.
As I prepare to gather around a Thanksgiving table with my family, I’m holding every foster child in my thoughts and in my prayers. It’s so important that we do. We can’t stop! They need us. They need us to recognize their needs. The need for love, for connection, for a warm place to call home.
I know it can be scary to consider adopting. We want certainty in this life and adopting—like most things—comes with a ton of uncertainty.
However, it is often when we step outside of uncertainty and take a leap into the unknown that we grow and find a fuller meaning in life, and develop a greater ability to love others.
As children in U.S. foster care wait on their forever wishes to come true, here are 5 reasons why I know becoming a parent-by-adoption is 100% worthwhile:
1.) There is transformational power found in family. Family is the basic unit of society and when families thrive, our communities and our world thrives!
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