November is National Adoption Awareness month. This month we want to celebrate the courageous women and men that have chosen life amid confusion, fear, and uncertainty. We celebrate these families that have made it possible for another family to love and provide for a child, who became a dream come true. This month we want to bring #ShoutYourAdoption to our social media platforms to show what the power of choosing adoption has done in the lives of some wonderful families.
Did you know that adoption and foster care are two separate systems? Because of this, we want to bring to light some of the common myths and misunderstandings of foster care that are often portrayed. So here goes our edition of Mythbusters: Children in Foster Care.
Myth: All children in foster care are older, so no one wants them.
Truth: So very untrue. According to an article by ABC news, about 40,000 infants are placed in foster care every year. The average age for a foster child is 10 years old, and about 50% are 10 or older.
Myth: There aren’t enough children in the foster care system that can be adopted.
Truth: SO FALSE…there are currently more than 100,000 children in foster care there are awaiting their forever home. 100,000!
Myth: All children in foster care are adoptable
Truth: Actually, adoption is not the plan for every child in foster care. Some are there because their parents are trying to create a better home life for the children. In 2015, 51% of the children that left the foster care system, left to be reunited with a parent or primary caregiver.
Myth: Children in the foster care system are “hard to deal with”
Truth: Because children in foster care are “in the system”, they get a reputation of hard to handle, or coming with a lot of baggage. The truth is, you never know what situation these sweet children came from. Some might need a little extra love, but they don’t deserve to be qualified as “bad kids”.
Foster care and adoption are two very different systems. It is our goal this month to show how the power of adoption and foster care has been a bright light to families and children. We want to hear success stories of adoption and foster care. Please share pictures and stories on social media and use #ShoutYourAdoption and let’s spread the hope of choosing LIFE using the gift of adoption.
We want to equip you to talk about adoption on campus and to come alongside women on campus that might be struggling with the choice of adoption. Brave Love has put together a wonderful presentation for your group to make this discussion easier.
In the box:
- Discussion and event outline from Brave Love
- Video links
- Discussion questions for group
- Resources for speakers
- Adoption Facts Flyer
- #ShoutYourAdoption handout
- Adoption Saves Lives Stickers
- 20 Foster Care Postcards
To order your FREE Event-in-a-Box, contact your Regional Coordinator today!
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