(WNCN) – November is national adoption month. Here in North Carolina – there are about 2,400 children in the foster care system, according to Kathy Ledesma from AdoptUsKids.
“They’re in foster care and waiting for a family due to no fault of their own,’ Ledesma told WNCN anchor Stefan Chase, “We are looking for permanent alternate homes for them – people who will commit to them for a lifetime.”
It’s not just newborns and toddlers. Teenagers – often overlooked by adopting families – need your love and attention too.
Mary Lee is a former foster child who was adopted at the age of 16.
Lee tells WNCN,”It was one of those things…as a teen I knew I was different because I had this label of being a foster child. Seeing my friends at school doing things with their parents, their parents watching them play sports and knowing I didn’t have that I had this place inside me, that how I knew I needed and wanted a family.”
Stefan asked her what it was like to find out she would be adopted into a loving home. “Oh my gosh, I still get goosebumps just thinking about it…After being told for years that I was un-adoptable, too old it was truly life changing.”
If you’re asking yourself if you have what it takes to adopt a child –
Adopt US Kids tells us you need patience, the ability to be flexible, a great support system and simply the desire to love a child who could really use it.
Considering adoption? Here are some helpful links to start the journey.
According to N.C. Kids Adoption and Foster Care Network: In North Carolina, a single person or married couple who is at least 18 years of age can be an adoptive family. You do not have to own a home or have a certain amount of income to be an adoptive parent. You do need to consider what it will mean to have a child come into your family and how this will affect your life and the child’s life. With a full commitment and realistic expectations, foster or adoptive parents must be ready to give a child or children opportunities to develop to their full potential physically, academically, socially and emotionally.
You don’t have to be “perfect,” or a stay-at-home parent to adopt. The kids don’t have to each have their own room; you don’t have to own a home. An adopted child doesn’t have to be the same ethnicity as you. Here are even more common myths dispelled.
How long will it take? How much could it cost? Answers are available.
Browse through photos, or search for a child that could be the right fit for your family. Then click how to adopt for the next steps.