Every Child Deserves a Loving Family

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I also have been disappointed that more families are not willing to look into adopting older or special needs children. I am a single mom and about three years ago, a boy was placed with me around his 12th birthday.

We finalized a few months later, and he is 15 now and doing great! I am currently in the process of adopting a second boy who also recently turned 12. My children also are on meds and have ADHD. My children have both adjusted very well and are affectionate, happy, energetic boys. Sure, as with any child, there are challenges but they are both truly a blessing to have.

I urge people to at least look into adopting domestically through the foster care system. There are so many children available that need a stable, loving home. Many of the children are older or have special needs. These special needs vary considerably and a family is able to select which special needs they are willing to accept. Some of the children have ADHD, learning difficulties, developmental delays, etc. But the rewards and satisfaction of helping a child to progress to his potential, whatever it may be, is immeasurable.

We often take our family for granted, but so many children don't have that. And just because a child reaches adulthood doesn't mean he doesn't still need a family. After all, most of us have more years of involvement with our families after age 18 than we do before. Imagine the fear a child must face when entering adulthood with no family connections, no support, no safety net, and ultimate responsibility for managing life's many issues.

Every child deserves to have a loving family to be there for them through the good times and bad. I can't imagine my life without my children. I urge people interested in adopting to at least consider adopting a special needs or older child.

Credits: Melinda Barber

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