I know every month has 8 million awareness causes. November is also national novel writing month (because I know you are dying to know that). But I am not planning on writing a novel (yet) so let me get back on topic.
If you follow my blog you know I'm adopted. When I was dating my husband I made a point of telling him I wanted to adopt. His response, "no problem". But he wanted to try having our own kids first.
Well the years passed. So did the miscarriages. I watched other people around me get pregnant and have families. It was hard. So I broached the subject of adoption again. This time I got the green light.
So I did the research. I was all ready to hop a plane and fly to a foreign country to get a baby. But then I looked at the cost. It was staggering. My every practical husband suggested that we "adopt local". So we did.
It wasn't easy. It took three long years and lots of broken hearts. Long nights and days of crying. But then Marvin came home to us.
So the years passed. We still felt that our family wasn't complete. So we went through another couple of years of paper slogging. And then Cary Lynn came home.
But it has been an amazing journey. The bumps in the road have made me a stronger person. These two little people took my world and turned it upside down. They are my all and my everything. My heroes. They have made me the person I am today.
But right now there is a growing need. There are over 397,000 children in the US who are living without permanent families. Out of those 101,666 are legally free for adoption. But nearly 32% of these children will wait 3 or more years for a mama to bake cookies with them and a daddy who will tuck them in at night. Every child needs a place to belong. There is NO such thing as unadoptable.
Children are our hope and future. Children who age out of the system are more likely to NOT finish school, end up in jail, and even worse repeat the same cycles that they lived through. That is not OK. They deserve more. Adoption is a powerful way to bring permanence to a child's life and to let them know that they do matter.
So this month whether you choose to celebrate national novel writing month, tree awareness week, world vegan day, or national maintenance week keep in mind that there are so many waiting children who want nothing more than to celebrate these special times with family.
It's not an easy road to take, but it is one of the most incredible journeys and rewarding experiences that you will ever have. Trust me on this one.
Amy Fields is a mother, taxi cab driver, and has been know to jump out of phone booths in tights and a cape. You can follow her at Many Kinds of Families