You are raising your kids and you think your family is complete. But, there are many children living in foster care who need you.
These kids have no stable place to lay their heads at night and are living in the midst of uncertainty.
There are many older children waiting and wondering if they will ever have a loving family to call their own before they age out of the system at 18 years old.
May is National Foster Care Month and over 400,000 kids are in foster care here in the United States at no fault of their own. No child should have to grow up without a family to care for them.
We all know this. We get this. We feel sad that there are children living in our country in foster care. But, what can we do about it?
Make foster care personal to you.
Stop just reading the stories. Stop feeling bad for these kids and instead take action to impact a child living in foster care. Our family has been on a five year journey of fostering, mentoring and adopting from the foster care system so our hearts live in this arena.
Do you know that there are children who have to pull out nice donated clothes from a trash bag and put them on to take photos in the hopes of their online profile catching your eye? These kids have no choice but to get dressed up and smile for the camera hoping that some loving adult will see their picture on the web and want to care for them forever. You guys.
Because when you see these precious children with your own eyes and feel their pain with your own heart, you no longer worry about how bringing them in your home may interfere with your current family dynamic.
You no longer care that you don’t have much extra time, energy or money. You just know you’ll figure it out because you have to. You decide to let go of the fear and excuses that have kept you from engaging in foster care in the first place.
I know what it feels like to want to help these kids, but to instead choose not to because the journey can be inconvenient and uncomfortable. Foster care can be messy and hard.
Let’s not fool ourselves though, our biological kids can be messy, hard and inconvenient at times too.
Foster families are not amazing, they are amazingly courageous
When people hear we recently adopted from foster care, the number one response is YOU ARE AMAZING.
Not so much. Truth be told, we feel pretty ill equipped and imperfect most days.
Why are we amazing?
We had an extra room in our home. An extra seat at the table. Extra sheets. Extra this and extra that. But, most importantly we had extra love in our hearts. God did not give our family all the extras to not share with others- especially kids who need a safe, loving place to fall even if for a few days.
We are not amazing, but we certainly are brave. That’s what we should be telling our foster and adoptive families. You are amazingly courageous because that, I believe, we all are.
We need a little more brave in this world. I hear a lot of people say that they’ve always wanted to foster or adopt. Really? Then why haven’t you? You are missing out and so is that waiting child. Climb that mountain.
We’re not meant to get to the end of our lives comfortable. Never risking, never growing, never loving more and never truly impacting lives outside of the confines of our homes.
Maybe you’ve thought about getting involved with foster care in some capacity, but you’re not sure where to begin?
If you are drawn or feel called to foster care or adoption, then let’s get you in the ring. There are some pretty amazing people in there who will come alongside you. Seek them out. I didn’t know anyone who had done foster care or adopted before our family began this journey. I now know many selfless people who are changing lives in the foster care system daily.
We’re all meant to make a difference in this world. In order to make an impact, you have to take action. You can’t just want it or say I’ll do it later. Sometimes you have to jump in to the crazy and just do it. Let go of the excuses and your fears. Trust in God’s process and timing.
For now take the first step. Go to an orientation class and see where it leads you. Perhaps to mentoring? To fostering? To adoption? To volunteering?
Check out AdoptUSKids to learn more about how you can get involved today.
Won’t you be someone who makes a difference in the life of a foster care child?