Sunday, May 5, 2013

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month

 I just read that everyday there is 400,000 kids in foster care.  Wowzers! That's a lot.

This is the month we remember all the precious children and teens in foster care who need and deserve love.

This is the month we are thankful for all the foster parents.  The ones who love infants.  The ones who love older children.  The ones who love special needs children.  The ones who love sibling groups and keep them together.

Those who adopt from foster care will always have a special place in my heart.  Nothing like giving a child a forever home, with forever parents and forever love.

I can't think of anything more tragic than a teen who is 'aged-out'. They are called legal orphans and they have the rest of their lives ahead of them with no one to help guide them.  No parents to give them advice.  No parents to spend holidays with.  No one to call on Mother's Day or Father's Day.  No one to love them unconditionally when they fall, and no one to be proud of them when they succeed.

The system has failed them. America has failed them. We have failed them.  Many of these legal orphans put themselves up for adoption, just so they have somewhere to go on Christmas break, just to have someone to call Mom and someone to call Dad.

Thankfully, God calls many people to adopt from foster care. Thankfully, God calls people to adopt adults.

Is God calling you or someone you know?

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