Saturday, November 20, 2010

National Adoption Day

Many wonderful things are happening this month to bring awareness to the need of adoptive and foster care families!  Tomorrow is National Adoption Day and I wanted to highlight a few things about adoption that sometimes are overlooked.

Since 2000, the goal of National Adoption Day has been that every community in the U.S. will have an annual, institutionalized, self-driven celebration of National Adoption Day on or near the Saturday before Thanksgiving, which can include finalizing adoptions of children from foster care and celebrating all adoptions. In total, more than 25,000 children have been adopted from foster care on National Adoption Day.

  • There are an estimated 463,000 children in foster care in the United States
  • Approximately 250,000 children are adopted annually, but… 
  • Each year 14, 505, 000 children grow up as orphans and age out of the system by age sixteen
  • Each day 38,493 orphans age out
  • Every 2.2 seconds another orphan ages out with no family to belong to and no place to call home

There is a great need for families to adopt both here in the US and internationally.  Be a part of something amazing and adopt or foster children.  Two quotes that have really challenged me lately...

“God is looking for people through whom He can do the impossible. What a pity when we plan only the things we can do by ourselves.” - A.W. Tozer

"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something I can do." -Helen Keller



Ginna Cross said...

Amen. So excited for the journey you and David are on! It was encouraging to read your post since at this very moment we have two young foster boys sleeping peacefully in the next bedroom... they are treasures. We got our foster license two weeks ago! God is good.

Stephanie said...

These are the stats that confuse me so! Why is it that there are millions of orphans in the world, but to adopt one takes a ridiculous amount of money and so much time to wait?! I wish I could adopt.


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