You Don’t Have to be Perfect to be a Perfect Parent #AdoptUSKids

Did you know 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.  Some of them have come through our family. My sister-in-law and her husband have fostered so many children we’ve lost count – we’ve been so blessed to meet several of them on various family vacations and visits. Its so fun to look back at pictures and remember the little faces of these sweet children!

And we have two little nieces – sisters – who have been adopted! Approximately 23% of children and youth actively photolisted on the AdoptUSKids website 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.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AdoptUSKids and the Ad Council work together to spread the word encouraging foster care and adoption. Since the launch of their initial 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.

We want to spread the word about the importance of foster care and adoption. Have you considered fostering or adopting? Consider giving the gift of family to a child – or a set of siblings – this coming year.
Remember – you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent to some kids in need!

For more info, visit AdoptUSKids.org.

About Melissa

Melissa is founder of Girlymama and co-founder of the mom fashion blog, All Things Chic. You can also find her designing blogs at Eliza Grace Design and on Twitter as Melissa Angert.