Saturday, November 21, 2009

We Are Family...

November is National Adoption Month!

*Of the more than one million pregnant teens each year, 500,000 will choose to parent their babies, 450,000 will abort and fewer than 100,000 will place their babies for adoption. (U.S. Census Bureau)

* There are 510,000 children in the U.S. foster care system; 129,000 of these children are available for adoption.

*More children become available for adoption each year than are adopted. In 2006, 79,000 children had parental rights terminated by the courts, yet only 51,000 were adopted

*Each year, one in five children (26,517 in 2006) who are available for adoption turn 18 and leave the foster care system without a family.

*Nearly 40 percent of American adults, or 81.5 million people, have considered adopting a child, according to the National Adoption Attitudes Survey. If just one in 500 of these adults adopted, every waiting child in foster care would have a permanent family.

Statistical source: Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System; Department of Health & Human Services (January 2008) via Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, unless otherwise stipulated.

1/3 of my siblings have joined our family through adoption.

Would you have guessed?

It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.
~Johann Schiller

The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.
~Erma Bombeck

What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life - to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories.
~George Eliot


Ben and Alissa said...

I love the quote from Erma Bombeck, it make me laugh and tear up at the same time.

What a wonderful post!

tharker said...

This was beautiful, Heather. Thank you!

Vanessa said...

My brother, dad, and aunt were all adopted. I love my family and I'm so grateful that there are so many ways to create one.

Amy said...

I definitely support it. My sister-in-law and her husband are finally being sealed to their baby this week that they adopted this year.

Kris said...

Adoption holds a special place in my heart too. I know many great people here in P-town that are adoptive parents and I couldn't feel more happy for them. My dad was a social worker for LDS Family Services and he helped adoptive couples get babies. What a special treat to watch a family grow through the love of adoption! Thanks for this post Heather.

lizzzz said...

I hadven't seen a picture of your family in over a decade! I didn't know it had grown so large!!! And yes all my brothers have done their patneral duties and generated plenty of little Riley's to replenish the earth!! Each of my brothers has 4 kids!! I keep telling Holly she's gotta have 5 to keep the sisters in the game!!

Jessica said...

Awesome pics and great words of wisdom.