“The Value of a Child”
After wiping away a few tears and researching the importance and urgency of adoption, I learned that it is extremely easy to take life for granted. Today in the United States there are over 100,000 children entered into foster care with ages ranging anywhere from under one year old to twenty-one years old. Most children in foster care or other systems of care are school-aged or older. There are siblings that are trying to stick together and brothers and sisters being split up. It is easy to become wrapped up in your own little world, not realizing that there are children out there struggling through this journey of adoption just searching for love and security.
The types of children that are waiting to be placed into safe and permanent homes are children who have been removed from their families due to abusive or neglectful situations. After viewing a few short clips on the Adopt Us Kids website, one teenage girl that is waiting for placement stated, “People place judgment that we are bad or did something wrong. That is not the case. Our parents just couldn’t take care of us anymore.” The majority of individuals that are still in foster care are teenagers. Most adoptive parents are looking for infants to raise as their own child and teenagers have already gone through physical and life changes that an adoptive parent would have to adjust to. Some of these children are moving between five to twenty different placement homes making it difficult for them to accept any type of care or love from their foster families. On the other hand, in the same short clips that I viewed there was more than one child who states that their foster families have been an answer to their prayers, their “guardian angels.” Unfortunately, they always have the thought in the back of their minds that where they are isn’t permanent. They are living out of suitcases.
According to our class survey 58% of people said that they wouldn’t adopt if they were capable of...
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