It is time to celebrate adoption! November is National Adoption Month. We set aside this time to celebrate all those who have adopted or who have been adopted but we also need to put this celebration spotlight on the children that are currently waiting for a forever family. Everyday all over the United States there are children hoping and wishing for a family to call their own. All children need a sense of belonging, they need the love and stability that a family can provide for them.
If you are considering adopting a child or children through the public foster care system here are some questions to ask yourself:
- What age child do I want to adopt? (Most children in the public foster care system are older
- How will this child fit in my family?
- Should I consider adopting a sibling group?
- Am I prepared to help a child reach their full potential by giving them the family they need?
- Can I handle a child with special needs, such as emotional, behavioral, developmental or physical challenges?
- Do I have the resources in my community, local school or family to support a child with special needs?
- Am I looking to adopt a child of a specific gender, race or culture?
- Am I willing to parent a child who may have faced physical, mental, emotional, or sexual abuse?
- If the child has siblings or family members am I willing to maintain contact for the sake of my adopted child?
- Am I willing to adopt a child with developmental delays or who has been diagnosed with a learning disability?
- Can I love a child that is not related to me and give them the security and sense of family they need?
- Can I help a hurt child learn to love and become part of a family?
Some of these questions may be difficult and emotional but they are the questions you need to ask yourself when considering adopting a child through the public foster care system. You should not rush into the process it should be thought about long and hard. Be honest with yourself and educate yourself about adoption. The more time you spend researching your options the more prepared you will be for your child. It is important to consider all the different factors of adoption and the public foster care system. Be sure to understand that it is an intricate and lengthy process to bring a child home and that it is a lifelong commitment but it will change the life of child.
You can find more information about National Adoption Month at http://www.nationaladoptionday.org
You can view the profiles of children currently waiting in the public system for adoption at
Family Connections, Inc. is an authorized child placing agency that has achieved Hague Accreditation through the Council on Accreditation. Family Connections works with New York families to provide home study services, for domestic (agency, public and private) adoption, international adoption, and post adoption/placement services. If you want to learn more about your adoption options Family Connections offers a free no-obligation consultation. To schedule an appointment you can contact Renee or Anita at 607-756-6574 or by clicking on the link below.