One Hour of Television That’s Worth It
Every holiday season, the Dave Thomas Foundation and CBS air a heartwarming special, “A Home for the Holidays,” sharing life-changing stories of children and families joined by adoption. You need to watch this hour of television. It will inspire and motivate you.
You will fall in love with the children and families profiled here. And maybe, just maybe, you will be inspired to do something in response: Research adoption. Donate to a child welfare agency. Volunteer. Each of them, wonderful! Whatever action you might consider after watching this special, please follow through.
You’re hearing real stories, rather than fictionalized versions. You are meeting real children from the foster care system and the families who step in when biological parents cannot. Perhaps you are discovering the reality behind whatever you had previously imagined.
About Adoption: When Your Heart Says “Jump-In”
Let’s talk expectations: Adoption takes time and effort. Even when your heart wants to leap, there’s a process to follow, step-by-step. This is actually a great thing, as the preparation time will pay off in huge dividends after a child comes home. There are things you will learn along the way that many aspiring parents don’t even know they need to ask. The time in-between is okay. That it seems to pass too slowly is normal, too. The time allows for preparation. It’s a very good thing, and adoption-minded families need to be aware of the required investment of time.
The Children: The Reason Why
Then there are the children. In the USA, there are 108,000 children who wait for adoption right now. They are incredibly resilient, charming, inspiring, and funny with unbelievable potential. The children are also older; sometimes, as siblings, they come in pairs or trios (or more!); and they have heartbreaking trauma histories. Don’t let the latter overshadow the former. These kids are just that: kids. Loveable. Beautiful. Adoptable. Allow us to tell you about them.
Walking You Through, Now and Later
As you learn about the many children that wait for adoption and their stories, don’t be intimidated by the need you see or the time the adoption process can take. Don’t be discouraged by thoughts that adopting from foster care is too expensive to be possible (a commonly held misconception).
Agencies such as WACAP are here to help answer your questions, and walk you through the process, start to finish – and even afterwards.
So, tune in to this holiday special. Think about what you might do in response. Then give us a shout. WACAP provides a dedicated adoption information specialist ready to answer your questions and help you investigate the possibilities. Her name is Debbie, and she can’t wait to hear from you. You can reach her at 206.922.1547 during business hours (Pacific Time) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If adoption isn’t for you, you are still needed. Donate to help us advocate for children who are waiting to be adopted, and support families after adoption, as their lives begin and their foundations grow.
Together, we can make sense of the process and find a way to transform lives one by one.
This is how we change the world.
About WACAP’s CEO, Greg Eubanks: Greg joined WACAP as CEO in December 2014. Serving children and families has been the focus and passion of his 20-year career in nonprofit executive leadership and business administration. With an extensive background in international adoption and foster care, Greg is committed to bringing hope to the children living without a family … and helping them home.