Teens get a bad rap. I know, I have two of them. Its certainly been exciting to watch these young people turn into young adults. Many people think that kids and teens need a lot, but what I know is that what the need most of all is for you to be there, and to be loved. That’s why it breaks my heart to know that there are so many kids in the US just WAITING to be adopted. IN fact, There are 428,000 youth in the U.S. foster care system and 112,000 are waiting to be adopted.
Many people think they can’t adopt- either they don’t qualify or they can’t afford it. That’s not true! Check out these facts from AdoptUSKids:
- Adoption isn’t expensive. Most adoptions from U.S. foster care are free. The minimal costs that can be associated with them are often reimbursable. In addition, the vast majority of youth adopted from foster care are also eligible for monthly adoption assistance up to the level of the foster care rate.
- Kids are in foster care through no fault of their own. Children and youth enter foster care not because they’ve done anything wrong, but because they have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by the people who were supposed to care for them. Over 100,000 are waiting for the love and security that a permanent home provides.
- Many different kinds of people can adopt:
- In most instances, you’re eligible to adopt regardless of age, income, marital status or sexual orientation.
- You don’t need to own your own home, be wealthy, or have a college degree to adopt. (However, you do need to demonstrate that you can support yourself without any additional income, such as adoption assistance.)
- You don’t have to be a stay-at-home parent or have children already. And you don’t have to be of child-bearing age—experienced parents and empty-nesters are encouraged to adopt.
- In most states, you do not have to be married to adopt. Many children have been successfully adopted by single parents.
- Even families living outside of the United States, including military families stationed overseas, are eligible to adopt from the U.S. foster care system.
I also think that people might think they wouldn’t be “perfect enough” to be a parent. I can tell you from experience that there is NO PERFECTION IN PARENTING! Check out this video:
They aren’t looking for perfection, They are looking for love and a home.