Hopeful adoptive parents can take action to increase their chances of getting matched. Tanya F., her husband, and their 8-year-old son began their adoption process of two years in June 2017 by attending a meeting/matching event to gather information about the process and available local children. “We’d been talking about adopting an older child from foster care for several years, and it finally felt like the right time in our lives to jump all in,” she said. “Little did we know what a long journey it would be.”That journey was one, like so many others, spotted with waiting, hoping, and disappointments. Above those things, though, it was one of self-advocacy and action. The adoption world is filled with many interests: the state, the birth family, foster parents, the children themselves, and the professionals trying to assist each of these groups. The more proactive hopeful parents can be, the higher the chances of
Adoption is a beautiful thing because it allows everyone access to the opportunity to nurture a child. Just as there are countless reasons people choose to have a baby, there are numerous reasons you might choose to adopt. Adoption isn’t only a last-resort option for having children. If you aren’t sure whether or not you want to take the plunge into parenthood via adoption, here are some reasons you may want to consider: 1. There are over 100,000 children waiting to be adopted in the United States alone. Adoption gives children a chance to lead normal, healthy, happy lives. When children age out of foster care without having been adopted, they are more likely to experience homelessness, drop out of school, and struggle in their careers and personal lives. If you want to help love and support a young person so that they can reach their potential, consider adopting a child.