Christmas is the best when you have kids. They seem to feed off each others’ excitement and wonder. The lights, the sparkles, the gifts…it’s almost too wonderful to contain. Sure, there’s still the chasing and messes and craziness, but at the end of the day, there’s nothing better than making cookies and drinking hot chocolate by the tree with your kids snuggled next to you. The older they get, the more Christmas memories you make, and the more we reminisce and build on that magic year after year.
For 402,000 kids in the foster care system, and 102,000 who are ready for adoption right now, the memories and magic aren’t quite the same. That’s why Adopt US Kids is working to get the word out that kids just need a caring home, not a perfect one. One that will make memories and be there for them season after season, year after year.
Adopt US Kids has an easy to navigate database of kids who are ready for a home. You’ll also see whether they have a sibling also ready for adoption. For kids who are growing up in foster care, their siblings are often their longest lasting relationships – their stability. Adopting a sibling pair or set can change lives – theirs and yours.
Since 2002, nearly 10,000 siblings photolisted on adoptuskids.org have found families. For sibling groups in foster care that are available for adoption and don’t have an identified placement, the AdoptUSKids website can be a useful tool in finding prospective families. AdoptUSKids is a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Administration for Children and Families. See the full-size infographic
So take a look at the Adopt US Kids site this Christmas season. See if you can make room on your mantle for another stocking or two or three this year.
Suzanne is student, daughter, wife, (labor & delivery) certified registered nurse, certified lactation counselor, friend, entrepreneur and blogger – but the job she's most proud of is mother… She shares her journey on this blog and The Disney Files.
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