Adoption is a matter of heart
Adoption is a way to give a home to a child who needs one. Most adoptive parents tell us that their adopted children give them so much more.
There are 1.5 million adopted children in the United States, according to the U.S. Adoption Network. Although no more than 2% of Americans have actually adopted, more than one-third have considered it.One out of every 25 U.S. families with children have an adopted child. According to the U.S. Census, about half of these have both biological and adopted children. While closed adoptions were the norm for most of the United States’ history of adoption, today approximately 60-70% of adoptions have some degree of openness, and disclosure between the adoptive and birth parents regarding the adopted child. About 7 million Americans are adopted. Nearly one-third of Americans, that’s about 100 million Americans have adoption in their immediate family, whether this includes adopting, placing, or being adopted. Six in 10 Americans have had personal experience with adoption, meaning that they themselves, a family member, or a close friend was adopted, had adopted a child, or had placed a child for adoption.
National Adoption Month is important for many reasons. One is that we are recognizing what is being done. We are acknowledging the work done by numerous individuals in our country who day in and out are working for foster children, birth parents, and parents seeking to adopt. Whether they be social workers, not-for-profit employees, government employees, caseworkers, counselors, educators, etc., they are all working to improve adoption in our country, help people offset the costs of adoption, support birth families, and ensure that all children have safe and loving homes.
This is additionally important because we are still recognizing what work has to be done to continue to improve foster care and adoption laws as well as to support initiatives that are ongoing and to support children and birth families.
Though all aspects are equally as important during National Adoption Month, the focus of this month is to draw attention to the hundreds of thousands of children that remain in foster care in the United States and to help place them in permanent homes. Currently, it is estimated that in the United States alone, around 400,000 children are a part of the foster care system. Let that sink in. Nearly half a million children in our country currently don’t have a permanent home. They may have lived in more than one home this year alone and may not know where they’ll be living tomorrow. This is something that is so often not discussed, but if we think about it and bring awareness to it, we know there are things that can and should be done. Many of the children in foster care are teenagers who may age out of the system without ever being adopted. This is why National Adoption Day has become such a critical and celebrated part of this awareness month.
The Estherville News will have stories with local adoptive families right here in Emmet County over the next several issues. If you are part of adoption, we would love to tell your story, too.
Thank you to all of the foster and adoptive parents in our midst.