I am not adopted, nor have I adopted.
But as a mom, the plight of so many children waiting to find a family is one that tugs at my heartstrings.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AdoptUSKids, and the Ad Council have been encouraging the adoption of children from foster care with an emphasis on the importance of keeping siblings together.
Makes sense, right? A sibling might be the only constant that a child in foster care has.
Since the launch of the campaign in 2004, more than 22,000 children who were once photo-listed on the AdoptUSKids website are now with their adoptive families and over 35,000 families have registered to adopt through AdoptUSKids.
There are currently 402,000 children in the foster care system in the United States of America and nearly 102,000 children (under 18 years of age) waiting for adoption. Approximately 23% of children and youth actively photolisted on the AdoptUSKids website and waiting for placement in adoptive homes were registered with one or more siblings. Sibling relationships are often the longest-lasting relationships for children in foster care.
“Adopting Deanta and Ranija is the most important thing that I have done in my life,” said Raenell Crenshaw, an adoptive parent who adopted her two children out of foster care.
“I am so glad that my husband and I were able to keep them together. Having a brother or sister is such an influential and life-defining relationship. I want to encourage all prospective parents to think about the importance of keeping siblings together. I am so happy that I welcomed them both into our family.”