When you hear the word “orphan,” what do you think of?
China? Russia? Africa?
The United States?
When we hear of orphans, we often think of children overseas in orphanages or living on the street somewhere. But what we fail to realize is that the United States also has many orphans.
For a variety of reasons, children are removed from their birth homes and placed with a family in foster care. The hope is for these children to be reunited with their birthparents.
Unfortunately, that can’t always happen.
As a result, more than 100,000* children throughout the United States are waiting for permanent adoptive families. Their only permanent parent is the state in which they live. For many of these children and youth, the thought of being welcomed into a family seems like a dream. But with more than 300,000 churches throughout the US, those dreams can become reality for many children. Click here for more information on adoption in your state.
The National Council for Adoption also has some helpful information on their web site.
For more information on the process of adoption from foster care, we recommend Your Guide to Adoption. This resource breaks down the process into manageable steps to help you track your progress.