Some couples are unable to conceive (for any number of reasons). Others have reached an age or stage in their lives that makes conception and natural childbirth problematic (at best) or impossible (worst case scenario). Some families simply want to grow, and the adoption process makes the most sense to them. No matter what your reasons may be, there is a tremendous need for adoption services and it’s something you should consider.
Options for adopting a child are no longer restricted to those with significant financial means. One of the most popular options available to almost anyone in foster care. In fact, the foster-to-adoption process is becoming more popular than ever before. U.S. News reports that foster care adoptions are up at least 60% from just 20 years ago, and it’s certain that these numbers will continue to rise.
Adoption is more accessible and it’s more widespread than it’s ever been. But ultimately, what makes adoption worth considering? There are many compelling reasons, but the most substantial one hinge on a single word: need.
The American SPCC is an organization that specializes in awareness, education and advocacy for abused and neglected children in the United States. What’s startling is the sheer number of children who are “in the system” (a phrase that references children who have been removed from their birth parents and placed in state custody). Today, there are more than 430,000 kids in foster care, awaiting reunification (to be placed back with their families), placement in a foster care family (of which at least 45% will be with non-relatives), or adoption – and there are almost 120,000 of these.
All these children have one thing in common: they have tremendous need. They have experienced a significant amount of “early loss and trauma, [often accompanied by] abuse and neglect,” according to BBC News. More than 60% of them were taken from their homes due to neglect, and 37% because of parental drug use. There is a hole inside each and every one of these kids, and it can be filled by someone – almost anyone – who is willing to open themselves to a child in need.
Why should you consider adoption? Maybe that’s the wrong question.
Do you have the capacity to love a child who wasn’t born to you?
Can you provide the “forever home” they desperately need?
In the face of the painful loss of security and stability, can you be the hero of their story?
If so, here’s a better question: why shouldn’t you consider adoption?