For my last post in recognition and celebration of National Adoption Month, I wanted to write something so bold, fresh, and new that everyone would want to become a foster and adoptive parent. I wanted to try to list every well-known person (alive or deceased) who has either been adopted or who has adopted children. I considered writing about persons in Scripture who were considered to be adopted, or at least, raised by persons other than their biological parents
I realized, though, that none of this compares to the incredible and profound blessing of our adoption by our Heavenly Father. Through the sacrifice of His son and our acceptance of Christ as our Lord and Savior, we have been given an Eternal inheritance, and the promise of His love and His care. We are sealed by His grace.
The word permanency comes up often in child welfare. Permanency refers to the goal of achieving something permanent in children’s lives. I like to refer to it as the final place a child gets to call home. We talk about the goals to attain permanency for children in the system all of the time. Well, with the Lord, the goal has already been met and achieved!
Our permanency is in Heaven! Now, isn’t that something to celebrate!!
“I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” -2 Corinthians 6:18
Have you ever heard of the Heart Galley of America? It is a traveling exhibit that showcases photography and audio pieces of children in the United States Foster Care System who are waiting to be adopted. There is something quite special when professional photographers take incredible images of these children.
The professional photographers who volunteer their time and talents are able to capture moments and images of children that show that spark in their eyes, that shy smile, or that one quality that stands out and draws one in.
The following statistics were pulled from the Heart Gallery website:
- There are nearly 500,000 children in foster care in the United States.
- Over 250,000 will never return home.
- Over 123,000 need adoptive homes right now.
- More than 29,000 aged out of foster care in 2008, at age 18 without anyone, to live on their own, unprepared and unsupported.
The website offers you the ability to click on your state (for readers in the US) and check out if there is a Heart Gallery exhibit in your state. You can also do a Google Image search for Heart Gallery Images and it will take you directly to many photos of children awaiting adoption.
Here’s a link to it: Heart Gallery
If you are a photographer and would like to volunteer your time and talent, contact the Heart Gallery and inquire about it! It is an experience you will not forget and is a great service to children in need!
November is National Adoption Month here in the U.S. Local, state, and federal government offices, organizations and churches devote their efforts during the month of November to focus on the awareness, education, and advocacy for adoption. While the emphasis of this month tends to be more focused on foster care adoption, ALL forms of adoption are recognized as being equally important in the lives of so many families and children.
My desire this month is to write a post each day regarding adoption. I am hoping to share some personal stories of non-bloggers who have adopted or are adoptees. My goal is to share links to websites, post quotes about adoption, and share Scripture verses that relay the tenderness that our Heavenly Father has for children.
For starters though, please click on this link National Adoption Month 2012. This is the US government’s website regarding child welfare and adoption. It has some very good information and links to various websites. Thanks for reading and here’s to hoping that the month of November will stir the hearts of many to consider adoption. Children deserve permanency in their lives. After working in child welfare for so long, I have learned that once families open their hearts and homes to a children, they have opened up a new world of fresh beginnings, safety, stability, and that crucial feeling of belonging to a family.