During this season focused on joy and children, Santa gets alot of letters. In those bags of unanswered letters are many from children with Christmas wishes that can’t be wrapped up in shiny paper with a big bow. The wishes of children waiting to be adopted are for a family to love them.
At the same time there people from loving homes who ache to share it with a child. How to connect these dots?
This holiday season the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AdoptUSKids and the Ad Council have created a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) with hopes that children from foster care experience their wish come true – adoption. In turn, some families wishes for love and togetherness will be answered by these kids here, ready and waiting.
“Since the launch of campaign in 2004, more than 22,000 children who were once photo-listed on the AdoptUSKids website are now with their adoptive families and over 35,000 families have registered to adopt through AdoptUSKids.
There are currently 402,000 children in the foster care system in the United States of America and nearly 102,000 children (under 18 years of age) waiting for adoption. Approximately 23% of children and youth actively photolisted on the AdoptUSKids website and waiting for placement in adoptive homes were registered with one or more siblings. Sibling relationships are often the longest-lasting relationships for children in foster care.”
But does this work? Can these be successful? Well listen to the words of Raenell Crenshaw, an adoptive parent who adopted her two children out of foster care
“Adopting Deanta and Ranija is the most important thing that I have done in my life. I am so glad that my husband and I were able to keep them together. Having a brother or sister is such an influential and life-defining relationship. I want to encourage all prospective parents to think about the importance of keeping siblings together. I am so happy that I welcomed them both into our family.”