We Never Outgrow the Need for Family
November is National Adoption Awareness Month; it’s also a time to count our blessings and celebrate family. So, it is time for us to count our blessings here at Key Assets. This year, we have had the privilege of accompanying a few of our families on their journey through fostering to adopt. This journey has not been easy and has been long. Through it all, they have been amazing and not only love these kids unconditionally but have also reached out and shown love to the children’s families. That is a priceless gift to the families and to the child in later years. Although we are anticipating the adoptions with great excitement, we are also coming to the realization that these families are now completing their family and will be leaving our Key Assets family. However, even though we may go months between seeing each other, just like family, they will always have a place at our table.
And that leads me to my message to you: Can you imagine what it would be like to not have a place at anyone’s table at the holidays? Or on your birthday? Or just when you wanted to go home We never outgrow the need for family the Children’s Bureau’s message for Adoption Awareness Month. There are more than 100,000 children and youth waiting to be adopted. Waiting for someone to tell them that they matter. Waiting for someone to offer them a lifeline. Waiting for someone to prove them wrong and show them that they are worthy of love. Every year 23,000 youth age out of foster care. That is an overwhelming number. That is 23,000 young adults who don’t have someone they can call at a moment’s notice to ask how to sew on a button, get advice about how to ask out a girl, have someone who can hand down a family recipe, or even identify as their emergency contact.
Many of you may not be ready to commit to adopting right now. Maybe it’s not the right time or you think you couldn’t possibly be good enough to adopt (well, you are!). It definitely takes time for the idea to develop, grow and then come to life. But, in the meantime, can you commit to learning more about the children and youth who are waiting? Take a few minutes to look at the photo gallery on the Special Needs Adoption Program’s web page and then maybe the next step is committing to doing something to support a child waiting for adoption.
For all who have experienced creating a family through adoption, thank you. For all those that are starting your journey, treasure all of those beginnings and firsts, and for all of you who have that idea just starting to stir, don’t push it aside, act on it now, a child’s life depends on it!
Key Assets Kentucky, Director