National Adoption Month is wrapping up, according to a Nov. 27 Fox News report. The goal of National Adoption Month is to bring awareness to the thousands of children waiting for homes in foster care.
When you hear about all of the children waiting for parents in the foster care system, it sounds like you can go out and just pick the perfect child for your family like an apple in an orchard and bring them right on home quickly and easy! That is so not the case. While there are thousands and thousands of children waiting for homes, the process is long and frustrating. Typically, prospective parents are left on their own to search through photolistings and heart galleries of available children.
Some states, photolisting websites and agencies are more helpful than others. Here is a list of websites to get you started in your search for a child to adopt.
www.adoptuskids.org – Photo listing of available children, allows families to create a profile for case workers to view
www.adoptamericannetwork.org – Free service that provides volunteers to help with the search
www.adoption.com – Photo listing of available children, message boards, articles
www.heartgalleryofamerica.org – Links to Heart Gallery photo listings all over the United States
www.dfps.state.tx.us – Texas photo listing – Many adoptive parents have found Texas to be one of the easier states to work with.
www.nwae.org – Northwest Adoption Exchange
www.chsfl.org – Children’s Home Society of Florida
www.heartgallerytampabay.org – Note – your worker will need to send them your home study before they will communicate with you. They will not accept one directly from you. They have matching events twice a year where you can interact (in an arcade setting) with children that are available for adoption.
If you find a child you think your family might be a good fit for, there is usually a way to “inquire” about the child on the website. Adoption case workers are extremely overworked and overwhelmed. It is not uncommon for inquiries to slip through the cracks. You may find it helpful to make a spreadsheet of all your inquiries so you can easily send follow up emails and phone calls. The search for your child can be exhausting and frustrating, but it is so worth it in the end!
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