I love to love my kids.
I may hate doing dishes and folding laundry. I may loathe washing kitchen floors. I may even secretly cringe when it comes to supervising homework time.
But I ADORE my kids.
I love their smelly little toes and their sweet puppy breath when I snuggle them in the morning. I love watching them play and hearing them laugh. I love discovering who they are and helping them grow into who they want to become.
I am not a perfect parent. I wish I never lost my temper, forgot a dentist appointment, or dropped my son off late for school. I wish my house were more organized, my kids followed a chore plan and I always had dinner ready on time.
But I know that my kids are incredibly blessed — because they have a mom and a dad who love them more than anything on this earth. They have parents who are completely dedicated to them, unconditionally and forever.
When I tuck my kids in bed at night, I am relieved that they are safe and healthy and that, for this moment in time, I can protect them.
But as I watch them sleep, I always feel a sadness too. Because I know there are so many children out there who aren’t tucked safely in their beds at night, children who don’t have a parent who is able to protect and love them.
And I want to go out and gather up those children and be a mom to them too.
Right now, there are thousands of children who need a mom or dad to come rescue them right this minute.
Adopt Us Kids.org is a tool for connecting foster and adoptive families with waiting children throughout the United States. Registration and participation on the site is FREE for homestudied families and foster adoption professionals.
For many of us, the time may not be right for us to foster or adopt a child.
BUT, maybe for you it is the right time. Maybe you haven’t thought about it that much before. But maybe, if you stop and reflect, you might realize that you DO have the love and the home that a child, or a sibling set of children, need.
You don’t need to be a perfect parent — no parent is perfect. And these children aren’t looking for perfect. They are looking for loving homes, for parents who will love to love them.
It is amazing what love can do. It can help us fold a lifetime of laundry, it can make us smile while we wash the kitchen floor, it can even get us through homework.
You might think that it couldn’t be you. You aren’t good enough to be a foster parent or an adoptive parent.
But when you look into the eyes of these children, you might find that you do have enough love to do it. You might find such a resource of love inside you that you realize that this is exactly what you can do. You can be the loving family that these children so desperately need.
And I bet they will think so too!
Please check out Adopt Us Kids. Even if you aren’t able to foster or adopt a child, I promise you will be changed by reading some of their stories. And while you are there, say some prayers for them that they will find the loving families they so desperately need.
May is National Foster Care Month. Right now there are 496,000 American children and youth in foster care. Young people in foster care especially need nurturing adults on their side because their own families are in crisis and unable to care for them.
Even if you are unable to become a Foster Parent, there are still MANY ways that you can help change the life of a child.
No matter what their age, every young person in foster care benefits from a meaningful connection to a caring adult who becomes a supportive and lasting presence in his or her life… Success stories come about when someone takes the time to offer comfort, provide support, give advice, or simply share a milestone moment with a youngster enduring a difficult family situation.
Now is the time to get involved. No matter how much time you have to give, you have the power to do something positive that will Change a Lifetime for a young person in foster care. For more information, please visit www.fostercaremonth.org.