We all remember rooting for Lewis to be adopted in Disney’s movie Meet the Robinsons. That was back in 2007, but the theme hasn’t changed. We still hope that all children who want to be adopted, will find their special home. November is National Adoption Month and in this month (although it really should be done all year long) we try to bring attention to all the children who need a forever family.
Last week, Governor Scott announced his recommendation to increase the budget to support children adopted from foster care. He said “Every child deserves a loving family and adoptive parents have a unique opportunity to help change a child’s life for the better. We are grateful to the families who have provided homes for children adopted from Florida’s child welfare and foster care systems over the past seven years and will continue to do all we can to encourage families to consider adoption.”
There are 800 children available for adoption right now, and some of them we have come to know very well as they are in our program. One little boy Joe, whose picture you see below, is one of those that comes to mind. Last December, one of our coaches brought him a Christmas project to complete, and he was very anxious to do it. When he was done, she asked him who he wanted to give it to, he could choose anyone he wanted. He looked down, paused for a minute, then handed it to her and said “you, I want to give it to you.” (Scene ends, heart warms)
In Meet the Robinsons they say “Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” We have high hopes that many more families out there will go down a new path and consider adopting a child who needs a family!