If you know me or follow my blog, you know that one of my biggest blessing is to be mom to my wonderful kids. My husband and I adopted our children through the foster care system. They have changed my life in ways I cannot even describe.
The more I learn about the children in foster care, particularly those who age out of the system, the more I am compelled to help raise awareness. There are over 400,000 children in foster care right now and more than 100,000 are immediately available for adoption because parental rights have already been terminated. These are wonderful kids (like my three) who through no fault of their own find themselves without family. When children in foster care turn 18, they are no longer eligible to remain in the foster care system. Imagine sending your child off into the world at 18 and saying – so long and good luck. Yet that is what children who age out of foster care face. Everyone deserves to have a loving home and family…18 is not a magic number for that to end.
Awareness is not enough though. We need to get involved. Become a foster parent. If you are considering adoption, give foster-adopt some thought. Donate time, talents, and treasure. I can help you get started with the donating treasure part (wink, wink).
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a wonderful organization that works to find “forever families” for youth in foster care. I am particularly fond of this organization’s work. I am also impressed by their success stories. As a business person, it is important to me to see results not just goals. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption boasts some pretty impressive results.
For this reason, I am committed to help raise funds for DTFA. Proceeds from my books will be donated to DTFA. And now, we have organized a great opportunity to help while having fun and making friends. Please join us at the 2013 Rockford KICKBALL FOR A HOME Tournament on September 7th to benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Come out and play, meet other foster/adoptive parents, win some prizes, have fun, and donate to a wonderful organization. For more information and to register or make a donation, click on the DTFA kickball. Tell your friends, tell your family, tell your neighbors, spread the word.