Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Did you know that May is National Foster Care Month?

When my dad was a young teenager, his mother became unable to take care of him and he went to live with a family that lived on his street. In addition to my dad, they also adopted another child and had a number of other official foster kids.  This is all on top of the houseful of biological kids that my grandparents were raising. That's right, I call them my grandparents. Through their love and compassion, my dad became a forever part of their family (even though he was never legally adopted by them) and I've grown up with this family as an essential part of my own.

Not everyone is cut out to be a foster parent, but for those that are, it's a life-changing experience. A good friend of mine from college has become a foster parent to a number of children- she's single and in her early 30s, but she is still able to provide a great, loving home.  Foster parenting doesn't require a certain age or marital status. There are so many kids who need people to stand behind them and encourage them and give them a safe place to stay.

Here's some information I received to pass on to you all. Read it and think about whether this is a good match for you and your family.
May is National Foster Care Month and there has never been a greater need to bring attention to children waiting for forever homes.  More than 463,000 children are currently in foster care and 123,000 children are waiting to be adopted. 
Children in foster care are loving children.  They are children like Shaquane and Edlina and Albert.  Every child deserves to have a home with caring and supportive parents. 
Help us spread the message this month to reach all Americans and teach them about the love and joy that foster care adoption can bring to your life.
Visit www.adoptuskids.org to learn more about fostering and adopting. You can also join our online communities on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information visit:  http://adoptuskids.org/content.aspx?q=National-Foster-Care-Month
For a video:  “Children in Foster Care’ http://adoptuskids.org/content.aspx?q=National-Foster-Care-Month
For more ways to get involved: http://adoptuskids.org/content.aspx?q=National-Foster-Care-Month
Or join in the Twitter party:  May 27 at 2 p.m. EST on Twitter for an #AdoptUsKids one hour chat to get the message out about National Foster Care Month.

Disclosure: I received no product and was not compensated for this post. As a thanks for my time, I was entered into an incentive program drawing from Global Influence.