So excited to be doing our 2nd Annual National Adoption Month Series! If you weren’t with us last year you can check out the series below. We have some remarkable stories to share with you! We have some foster mommas, adoptive mommas, and birth mothers who have placed their babies up for adoption all sharing their stories with you all.
I get so giddy when I get to share stories and talk about foster care and adoption. It is probably the only passion I have other than motherhood and being a wife (can you even call those passions)?’ Million Ways to Mother‘ started from the many ways that we have mothered: biological mother, foster mother, and adoptive mother. That struck me how many different kinds of mothers there are in life. There are birth mothers who have placed babies up for adoption. Aunts, grandmas, or friends who are “mothering” someone else’s child. Women who are longing to be mothers; mothers of angel babies, mothers who are struggling with kids so close, and so many more. We all are struggling or know someone struggling in some regards with mothering, but at the same time mothering is the greatest calling in this life.
National Adoption Month started first back in 1976 but only as a week. It wasn’t expanded to a month until President Clinton pushed it in 1995. It is to bring more awareness to the over 110,000 children and youth in foster care who are waiting to be adopted and close to 12,500 of them are between the ages of 15 and 17 years old.
I hear so many comments like “can you love an adopted child as much as a biological one?” I have been so privileged to be able to birth a child as well as adopt. And if you are curious or one that believes there is a difference in the love between an adopted child and a biological child… I want to tell you that there is not. I have loved my two youngest the exact same from the moment I picked them up from the hospital. They are my everything.
The bond might take a little longer, but I struggled to bond with one of my own biological children for a little bit and heard that many mothers do at times as well.
Birth mothers who place their babies for adoption are some of the most Christlike, selfless people. They truly set aside their needs for their children. They are adoptive parents’ hero’s. These women have a story to tell. We need to learn to be advocates for the birthmothers and the heart wrenching selfless act they give. I feel that before this life on Earth… actually… I know that before this life on Earth that Heath & Charlee’s birthmother and I had an agreement that she would birth them, and that she knew that she wouldn’t be able to for care them. But that I would step-in and be their mother who raises them.
If you have thought about or maybe struggling with infertility I ask you to please think about this and possibly give it an option. If you are curious about some of the different options of adoption, HERE is a great comparison.
It is my hope to spread the goodness and wish that all of us will become an advocate for these innocent children. These children entered foster care through no fault of their own; as victims of child abuse, neglect or abandonment AND their parents’ legal rights have been terminated. It is my prayer that we are able to touch just one person to open their heart to becoming a Foster Parent or even Adoption through Foster Care. It is mind-blowing to hear that each year more children enter ‘the system’ than are adopted.
- The average age of these children is 8.
- Many have been separated from siblings.
- These children move in & out of homes on an average of 3 times.
- Most will wait an average 5 years to be adopted.
- YET, tens of thousands never get adopted and age-out of the system without a family to legally call their own.
I can’t wait to share their amazing, heart wrenching and loving stories with you. Please share these stories when you are touched on Facebook to help spread awareness. Maybe, just maybe we can touch someone to foster a child or adopt a child in need of a forever family.
You can check out last year’s stories HERE.
If you or you know someone who fits these categories and would be open to sharing please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org!!