Original story by Rita Soronen, the president and CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation. Adapted by Kids Central for Florida’s system.
Foster care and group homes have been the topic of many news stories lately. While we absolutely should continue to improve the system, we should also be working harder to ensure that the approximately 750 children in Florida waiting to be adopted from foster care find loving families of their own.
The foster care system provides an indispensable refuge for children who’ve been removed from unsafe homes, abusive parents and other unhealthy environments. But foster care isn’t meant to be a permanent place for these children.
Unfortunately, for some people who could provide loving and supportive homes to deserving children, a number of common myths can make the prospect more intimidating than it should be.
We can work to erase these misconceptions by learning some important facts about foster care adoption and helping others understand that all children, no matter their age or background, truly are adoptable.
Across the country, 81.5 million individuals or couples have considered adoption. Please consider it again. Becoming an adoptive parent or family is a transformative experience that doesn’t just enrich a child’s life but can fill an entire adoptive family’s life with unconditional love, joy and purpose.
Children in foster care aren’t unadoptable, they just aren’t adopted – and if just 1 out of every 500 adults who has considered adoption made the commitment to become an adoptive parent, every child waiting for a permanent home in Florida and across the country would have one.
Learn more at http://adoptionspots.org/
Read more the original story by Rita Soronen is the president and CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article31036908.html#storylink=cpy