National Adoption Month
November is National Adoption Month. I adopted my three boys and it’s the single best thing I have ever done in my life outside of accepting Jesus as my Lord and savior. I can’t imagine my life without my three boys. The video on this post is a tribute to my son Ytzaak.
Ytzaak was the first to arrive to the house in April of 2011. He was a new born baby. Then Eddie arrived two weeks later. He was 3 and a half years old and a joyful boy. 18 months later we took Yosev in. We have good days and bad days like everyone else does, but the joy of raising these boys far outweighs anything else!
Here is what the the Child Welfare department is looking to achieve this year during National Adoption Month 2016
“This year, National Adoption Month focuses on the adoption of older youth currently in foster care—because “We Never Outgrow the Need for Family.” This theme calls attention to our nation’s population of older youth in foster care who need loving, permanent families. Youth ages 15 to 18 make up 5 percent of the foster care population – 84,778 youth.¹ Creating lifelong connections for these young people is critical in helping them prepare for successful adulthood.
Compared to their peers, many youth in foster care face higher rates of poor outcomes, such as dropping out of high school, unemployment, and homelessness. Despite these challenges, research on positive youth development confirms that children and youth have the ability to overcome traumatic experiences and thrive in adulthood when they are connected to a strong, permanent support system. All youth need a sense of belonging; through adoption, youth are connected to a family who not only provide a sense of stability, but also help them navigate the complicated landscape of their emerging independence. These lasting connections can help youth with important life tasks such as enrolling in higher education, finding stable housing, securing employment, and establishing healthy relationships.” – From the Us Department of Health and Human Services-
Having said that, what are you waiting for? Do you know someone who is adopting? Wanting to adopt? Has adopted? What do you think you can do for them this month? Appreciate them somehow. It’s a difficult road and one we chose to travel so make them feel special this month.
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