Millions of children are trapped in foster care and orphanages in the United States and throughout the world. Yet, there is no doubt that every child deserves to have a permanent, stable, and loving family to support their dreams. No matter the circumstances, location and the biological relationship status, every child needs parents who will dedicate their lives to raising the generations to come. These children are the future, so parents, single mothers, and relatives should all be educated on the value and benefits of adopting a child in need of a family. As adoptees ourselves, we desire to educate and advocate on behalf of all adopted children for better adoption policies and laws as well as the elimination of restrictive regulations impeding the opportunity for any child without a family to be adopted.
No one has more of a stake in adoption than the children themselves, who are being adopted. While adoption professionals, adoption agencies, adoption attorneys and adopting parents may be acting in the "best interest of a child” they are more often than not, viewed as having "vested interests” in adoption, either for pecuniary or personal reasons. Currently, organizations like UNICEF are advocating for increased spending on helping children remain with their birth family. This is done either through government financial support or in government controlled foster care programs that focus more on statistical improvements and less on the individual needs of every child. While these organizations play a significant role in providing homes for children without families, they are at a disadvantage when trying to understand the mindset of a child being adopted.
As adoptees ourselves, we respectfully want to express our perspective on the adoption process, how adoption has benefited our lives and how the adoption process and the foster care program can be improved for the children’s sake. We want to pursue all avenues towards the creation of wholesome and healthy homes for every child without a family, whether this means reuniting birth families or adoption. We also want to increase awareness about the issues that adopted children in adoptive families, foster care and step families face every day. With this, taking from our personal experiences, we want to encourage and provide a powerful support network for both future and current adoptive families and the children who were and are going to be adopted.