L I F E T H O U G H T S From Jim and Barb Geistfeld, Trinity's Life Team Members
November is National Adoption/Foster Care Month
November is National Adoption/Foster Care Month, with Saturday, November 23, celebrated as National Adoption Day. For couples who find they are unable to have children of their own, adoption is a wonderful option to consider.
Sadly, the reality is that there are not enough children available for parents who want to adopt. Some sources estimate that there are about 2 million couples currently waiting to adopt in the United States — which means there are as many as 36 waiting families for every one child who is placed for adoption.
For many reasons, most American women do not place their babies up for adoption. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that among never-married women, about 9 percent chose adoption before 1973 when Roe v. Wade legalized abortion. By the mid-1980s, the figure had dropped to 2 percent, and it was just 1 percent by 2002. In 2014, only 18,000 children under the age of 2 were placed with adoption agencies. By comparison, there are about 1 million abortions each year.
However, there is another source of children awaiting adoption. As of September 2019, statistics from the Texas Department of Family and Protection Services show there are currently about 30,000 children in foster care in our great state with 3,378 waiting to be adopted! Children are placed in foster homes because they have been removed from their own families due to abuse, neglect, or other family problems that endanger their safety.
If you are thinking about adoption, you may have many questions about raising an adopted child, about birth parents, or about the adoption process itself. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services website is a source of information to prospective adoptive and foster parents.
"Adoption isn't easy. It is one of the most complex emotional arrangements in which an individual can be involved. Yet, of the other options—aborting the child or raising the child as a single parent—adoption is the most child-centered. It is a healthy, realistic, and sensible choice for all the parties involved." The late Dr. Jean Garton, co-founder and former president of Lutherans For Life
Adoption not on your horizon? Consider becoming a foster parent. There are many more children needing safe, loving care than there are homes available. While it’s true that there are many differences between adopting a child, giving birth to a child, or fostering a child, the end result is the same— a family full of love.
For more information on this or other Life issues, please call Barb Geistfeld, Trinity Life Team Leader 830-935-3415