Adopting a child is no easy feat. It's a lot of paperwork and applications, waiting for approvals, actual meetings with any prospective addition to your family, and a lot of money too. It's the financial element that causes the most issues when it comes to adoptions, with many couples opting out because it's simply too expensive.
However, there are organizations out there who are wanting to solve that problem, granting funds to families wanting to bring a new child into their life. One such organization is celebrating, as they've just hit an incredible number of children they've helped get adopted.
Open Hearts And Open Homes
All around the world, there are thousands upon thousands of children who don't have guardians, parents, grandparents, or otherwise. Left without a home and without an adult to care for them, they're placed into orphanages, foster homes, or other care programs, a life that can be very traumatic and chaotic for young minds.
There they stay until kind souls open their homes to provide these children with a permanent place to live, as well as a new set of parents to love and care for them. However, that adoption process can be pretty tough, but thankfully, there are groups out there wanting to help.
Helping Those Most In Need
Gift of Adoption is a non-profit organization based in Illinois, United States, that, according to its website, aims to "provide adoption assistance grants to complete the adoptions of children in vulnerable circumstances—giving them permanent families and a chance to thrive."
They're an amazing group that does a lot of incredible work for at-risk children. Thanks to the effort put in by their team over decades since being founded in 1996, they got to celebrate a truly remarkable milestone earlier this year.
They were able to secure the adoption and placement of their 5000th child.
In their 26-year span, they've awarded over $15 million in adoption grants. Families looking to adopt can apply for up to $15,000 to help them complete the adoption process of children in desperate need of homes, with their most recent story being that of three young brothers from Ecuador.
These three would be what earned Gift of Adoption their 5000th adoption helped.
Now A Family Of Five
The oldest of the three, 11-year-old Josue, was technically the 5000th child adopted, but he was taken in along with his brothers Darwin and Abraham, who are nine and six years old, respectively.
The three had been in an orphanage in Ecuador for five years and were facing the risk of being separated until one couple, Nicole and David from Wisconsin, decided to take all three boys in.
Nicole and David had always planned to adopt and even sought to adopt older siblings, not wanting to break a family up for their own desire to raise children.
They also knew how rough life could be for children who age out of orphanages without finding a home, so they knew they wanted to find a group that was older than the average adoption age.
"Although international sibling adoptions can be complex and expensive, once we saw their faces, we knew we would make it work in any way we could," Nicole said. “We are so happy that we can provide a permanent home for these brothers, and they can now grow up together in a stable environment.”
Adoption For All
Over one-third of Americans consider adoption when looking to start or expand a family, but only 4% actually go through with it. Many people cite the high cost of adoption as their reasoning for not chasing it further, a barrier that groups like Gift of Adoption are hoping to destroy with their grants.
The organization prioritizes grants for children who may never be adopted if this one application doesn't get through. This includes children who may otherwise be separated from their siblings, those about to enter foster care, those who are about to age out of their care system, or those with special medical needs.
All Their Helping Hands
Gift of Adoption was founded by Gene and Lucy Wyka, who are from Wisconsin, just like lucky adopters Nicole and David. The organization has grown beyond its wildest dreams, with 27 chapters open across the country so they can help far more children in far more places.
Regarding the 5000th adoption, current CEO of Gift of Adoption, Pam Devereux, said, "Gift of Adoption is elated to mark this milestone by helping to keep together three siblings at risk of separation. We're incredibly grateful to our donors, volunteers and the families with a heart for adoption – we all reached this milestone together."
The desire to want to help as many children as possible find homes is already noble, but to then act on it and build such an amazing force that has homed thousands of kids is beyond incredible.
Gift of Adoption (and other groups like it) is saving lives with the work they do and opening up the wonderful avenue of adoption for so many couples who otherwise wouldn't get the chance.
Building new families and creating homes filled with love is perhaps the greatest good one can do today, something that everyone on Earth can celebrate!
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