Considering Adoption?

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 children and youth waiting for safe families.

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.

Throughout the United State, there are over 400,000* children and youth in foster care of which more than 100,000* legally available for adoption. 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.

*http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/afcarsreport22.pdf