According to goodhousekeeping.com, There are 107,918 foster children eligible for and waiting to be adopted. One out of every 25 U.S. families with children have an adopted child. This is sad because there are couples that have fertility issues that aren’t able to have children, when there are other women that can’t even raise the kids they are bearing.
In 2015, my family adopted my baby brother from birth, Jaxson John Scully. His birth mother was a college student and decided she wanted to have an open adoption. This is the biggest and most selfless decision a women can make. My baby brother is now two, and never has any reason not to smile. Adopting him was also the biggest decision for my family and I.
Adoption can be hard because foster homes may sometimes push more children on parents then they can handle. Foster homes don't always take in consideration of the foster parents, there main goals are just to get kids in homes. Adoption is not very appealing to most parents because there's a lot of paperwork and meetings needed. Foster kids don't always stay in there new homes. If they had young birth parents they might want them back when they are stable.
My friend, Anna, had fostered two kids in 2017. Their family had planned on only one child but they were persuaded into getting two because they were siblings. Once they received, them they fell instantly in love and everything had seemed fine. Sadly, both children had a large amount of meth in their systems. This caused them to act more and more different the longer they had them. It started to affect the older child, so she could no longer stay with them. The foster family had so much love for the younger boy so they suggested to only keep him. They would not separate them. When children are taken away from loving families that causes them to think differently about adoption.
In conclusion, adoption is such a journey filled with ups and downs. At the end of the day, it is helping birth parents get back on their feet and giving children a family and a home.
Story by Isla Scully