Thousands of children enter foster care through no fault of their own, as victims of child abuse, neglect or abandonment.
Unfortunately for too many of these children’s; the hope and dream for a permanent, loving new family never becomes a reality. Over 24,000 children available for adoption will turn 18 and leave the system without a family this year.
In fact, more than 114,000 children in the U.S. foster care system are waiting to be adopted right now. More than half of them are nine years of age or older. They often wait five years or more to be adopted, can move three or more times in foster care and are frequently separated from siblings.
Through no fault of theirs, these children are “lost in the system and treated as if they have committed some crime! Being jerked from one foster home to another, can only add to the turmoil already going on within them .Our country can put a man on the moon, build rockets, create a “test-tube baby”, yet we cannot give older children a loving home life ? What’s wrong with this picture? This SHOULD BE our # 1 PRIORIOTY! Let us take the title President Bush used in “No Child Left Behind,” and apply it to this situation, let us look these older kids in the eyes and promise them, “You will not be left behind ever again.” Are we willing TO MAKE AND KEEP THIS PROMISE?
Policy makers need to know that Americans believe:
Every child deserves to live in a safe, loving and permanent family.
No child should linger in foster care or leave the system at age 18 without a permanent family of their own.
No child is unadoptable!
Tell U.S. policy makers the process of adopting foster children must be streamlined so every foster child is adopted into a permanent, loving home!
Below is a link to a petition sponsored by the David Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Please take a few moments to read, sign it and pass it on to all that you know!
All kids under 18 have a right to a loving family; free from abuse and neglect. They all need love and guidance to help them become respectable members of society. A child is everything that it is brought up to be. As adults and elders we guide them to they’re destination and we teach them to be the best they can possibly be. Please we must do all we can do to make the future of the world a better place for all by starting with the innocent children!