4 Adoption Resources for families considering adoption.
November is one of my favorite months of the year. No it’s not just because it’s Thanksgiving or I finally get to wear boots (although both of those are awesome too).
No, it’s because November is National Adoption Month. I had always dreamed of being an adoptive mom and got to be the lucky mom to my daughter CeCe.
In case you don’t know much about adoption, some quick stats to give you the low down.
Over 135,000 children are adopted in the US every year. One out of every 25 U.S. families with children have an adopted child.
Here are four important resources that will help you along your adoption journey. Want to read real insights from other adoptive parents? Check out the articles on adopting.org. The posts cover just about any topic that relates to adoption. And the posts are written from a very honest perspective from parents who’ve been there; really real stories of what adoptive families can expect along their journey.
- Adoption from China. An agency with a long history and stellar reputation, Great Wall Agency. They can guide you through the process. The agency also has a listing of kids who are on the special needs list whose adoption process will be expedited. (Special needs encompasses large and small needs as well as older kids who are called special needs but are just not toddlers. )
- Domestic Adoption. Check with your state’s own DCFS, department of child and family services, to learn about fostering and adoption. There are so many kids who need the love of a parent. Each state’s rules are different, but here in California where I live, both single, married, and same sex families can foster and adopt. Here’s California’s adoption information.
- Adoption from foster care. Check out Adoptuskids.org, there is a photo listing of kids currently in foster care who are looking for their own forever families. There are also sibling groups listed.
- Financing your adoption. If finances are an issue, Helpusadopt.org helps families with adoption grants cover their adoption fees. This amazing charity, started by an adoptive mom, has helped families with grants to complete both international and domestically adoption. You can learn more about them at Helpusadopt.org
You can help children find loving families by doing one of these things.
If you know of someone who is considering adoption, please pass this post and information along to them.
If you know of someone trying to fund their adoption, please share this information on the grants available through Help Us Adopt.
And finally, if you are touched by adoption, or just a supporter and lover of kids and families, consider making a donation to Help Us Adopt and help kids find the loving homes they deserve. A donation of $20 can help children find the families and love they so deserve.
Has your life been touched by adoption? I’d love to hear your stories of adoption.