There are fewer things more important than ensuring that every child is a part of a loving, nurturing, safe, forever family. Adoption is not just an important thing, but THE important thing. While the goal is always for a child to be parented by and stay with their biological family, that is not always a possibility. This is where adoption shines and offers a light in the darkness. Not only does adoption create families, it gives birth parents an avenue through which to see their child flourish when they are not able to parent.
According to PBS, 135,000 are adopted annually in the U.S. alone. There are countless children in the foster care system awaiting adoption. Many of them will age out of the system, having moved from home to home for their whole childhood. Adoption is incredibly important to create families but more so, fill the need for families to accept children who need a home and a loving consistency. It is sad to live in a country where pet adoption is so much more valued and advocated for than the adoption of children.
In open adoption, adoption provides a means for birth parents to see their child grow and have consistent knowledge of their well-being. When they are not able to parent, open adoption gives them the option to maintain a relationship with their child instead of having to choose an alternative. While open adoption terms vary, this type of adoption emphasizes the general importance of adoption as it allows a chance for biological families to remain in the lives of their children.
Adoption is important to both adoptive and birth families for many reasons, but the most encompassing being the need for children to be a part of a family and have consistency throughout their life. It should be unacceptable for a child to go through their childhood stuck in the foster care system. Adoption is undeniably important and is worthy of more advocates and support on a much grander scale.
Lita Jordan is a master of all things “home.” A work-from-home, stay-at-home, homeschooling mother of five, she has a BA in Youth Ministry from Spring Arbor University. She is married to the “other Michael Jordan” and lives on coffee and its unrealistic promises of productivity. Lita enjoys playing guitar and long trips to Target. Follow her on Facebook.