Thanksgiving and National Adoption Month go hand in hand. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all the blessings that God has graciously given us, especially that of family. For many that includes becoming a family through adoption. For many that includes being a foster family caring for a child who is waiting for a permanent home.
At LSS we feel both thankful and blessed to be part of the adoption process. We want to take a moment and thank all of you who have allowed us this opportunity. Some of you may be birth/first parents who allowed us to be part of your decision to make a parenting plan or adoption plan. Some of you may be adoptive families who choose to adopt a child domestically or internationally. Thank you!
At LSS we also feel thankful and blessed to work with so many foster families who have opened their hearts and home to children and youth who need a stable, supportive and nurturing environment. And we feel especially blessed to be part of the lives of the children we serve in foster care. You have taught us so much about faith and resiliency. Thank you!
As you think about the blessing of adoption consider that:
- There are approximately 6 million persons in the U.S. who are adopted;
- Americans adopt about 130,000 children a year;
- Over 110,000 children are waiting in the U.S. foster care system for permanent, loving families; and
- World Orphans organization estimates that there are 153,000,000 orphans worldwide
The blessings of adoption are wonderful! This Thanksgiving, as you reflect on all your blessings, consider adoption. There are children who need permanent loving homes in the U.S. and in other countries who would be thankful for you!
Submitted by Dede Mogck, Director of Adoption and Foster Care