We put off having children for a long time…until we were both not living transient lifestyles courtesy of the United States Air Force. However, even once I was pregnant, and Calvin joined our family, we’ve still discussed the joys of finding a pair of siblings to adopt.
We’ve considered overseas adoptions because of all the news of hardships in orphanages. However, learning about the long waiting process and expense involved has deterred us…for the moment.
Recently, a friend of mine told me about domestic adoptions in the United States…typically a much faster process (although still quite involved) compared to overseas. I’ve started to learn more about it through the AdoptUsKids program.
The mission is to recruit and connect foster and adoptive families with waiting children throughout the United States. Funded by the Children’s Bureau of the Administration for Children and Families, the national photolisting website contains photos and information about children in foster care.
A national adoption public service advertising recruitment campaign was launched in July 2004 in a partnership of the Children’s Bureau, the Ad Council, and AdoptUsKids, with the goal of raising awareness of the significant number of children in this country waiting to be adopted. Thirty-one percent of the children in foster care waiting to be adopted are African American; African American children are overrepresented in the foster care population relative to their percentage in the U.S. general population. Because of this, African American children often wait longer to be adopted.
Learn more about adoption from foster care and how to help spread the word about children in care waiting for a forever family. Search for children in awaiting a family in your area.
On Tuesday, November 10th, there’s a Twitter event at 2 PM (EDT) to discuss the benefits of adoption, and provide information on adoption from foster care. Use the hashtag #adoptuskids to participate.
Have you adopted children? If so, from where?
Have you considered adoption? If so, from overseas or from the United States?