Why 100,000 Orphans Want You To Wait No More!

There are over 100,000 legal orphans in the United States foster care system. There are over 300,000 churches in the U.S. If the each congregation would step out in faith and embrace the call to care for orphans, we will end this unnecessary waiting. Every child deserves to belong to a forever family.

Adorable boy on a railway station, waiting for the train

My daughter was 3 years old when she walked away from the only home she’d ever known. Carrying only a knap sack, filled with a change of clothes, a dirty sippy-cup. A social worker held her tiny hand as she shuffled down the sidewalk in a pair of outgrown shoes. She never went back. She bounced around the foster care system for four years while the court decided her fate. By age 7 she was finally legally free for adoption. On the day of her adoption, we walked into the courthouse for the last time. With her head held high and a big grin on her face, she officially joined our family forever.

The adoption was finalized 7 years ago. Today, I look at this proud and confident young woman who shares my last name. She is strong and courageous. God worked in my heart 7 years ago when I answered the call to adopt my daughter. God has filled my heart ever since. I cannot imagine my life without her. She is kind and caring. She is my legacy, she is my daughter.

Recently, my husband and I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Sharon Ford from Focus on the Family who leads the Wait No More initiative. In the few moments we had to talk, she shared her passion for waiting children and the desire of Focus on the Family to end this current crisis of waiting children through Wait No More. This is an organization created to identify and equip adoptive families. As of today, 3,117 families have started the process of adoption through foster care because of Wait No More!

It is our privilege to pass on this valuable resource to our readers. Wait No More leads 27 events in 19 states across the U.S. To find out more about a location near you click here or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

There is an event coming to Boalsburg, Pennsylvania on Saturday, September 10th! Currently, there are more than 250 children legally available for adoption in the State of Pennsylvania. They’re waiting for a forever family. If you are in the region you can register for the event here!

While you’re at it, check out this powerful video…

Register For Wait No More Pennsylvania

Question: Are you a current foster parent or adoptive parent? How has your journey changed your life? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • coffeeateight

    Focus on the Family MUST then work on support services for adoptive parents – because without it, placements FAIL. A traumatized child needs MUCH much more than love and prayers – they need psychological/medical support to help their brain and body HEAL from all forms of trauma. THIS need is real!!!!! Yes, these kids need families, but they have been through so much – and just having a family is not the cure. For placement to succeed – support services need to be in place, and social services, churches, and ministers need to acknowledge the reality that is Reactive Attachment Disorder. Heal the WHOLE child!

    • iCareAboutOrphans

      Hi coffeeateight,
      Thank you so much for your comments. We agree wholeheartedly with your
      comments about kids needing more than just families. Welcoming home kids
      with traumatic histories is hard work, and we pray families have access to
      the support they need. Here at Focus, we are not only focused on finding
      families for kids but on supporting those families after the fact. We
      offer many resources for families (and provide many at no cost to agencies
      and ministries) – you can find those at
      http://icareaboutorphans.org/resources/postadoptionsupport. We also
      provide scholarships for families to attend conferences and counselors to
      attend training. Families are also able to call us (800-A-FAMILY) to
      access resources, speak with a counselor, or receive a counseling
      referral. We will continue to pray with you that more and more churches
      will better understand the needs of families and offer support.

      • Thanks so much for sharing this you guys! We are grateful.

    • Sheryl Hackel

      Amen! We’re in the thick of it and can’t emphasize this too much!

    • We certainly understand where you are coming from with this. Thanks so much for your honesty. I hope iCareAboutOrphans answered your comment.

    • Kristin Berry

      What a great discussion!

    • Allisonm

      This is so true! Our church family liked the idea of adoption much more than the reality when we brought our severely traumatized, attachment-challenged children home. It was easier to stand on the sidelines and judge. The public system makes families fail at every less-intensive service before they can prove their need for more expensive and effective services–a process than can waste childhoods already shortened by abuse, neglect, and multiple placement disruptions, and leave adoptive families exhausted and hope-starved before they even get to the hard work of gaining emotional regulation and healing for their children. Admittedly, our children were on the extreme end of the spectrum, but they are hardly unique among children waiting for adoption. In the eight years since our children came home, real scientific progress has been made in understanding and treating developmental trauma, which makes it easier for us to parent effectively. Yes, all of us in our family need love and prayers–more than those around us may ever know. But we also need people who have been educated about our family’s needs and equipped with the tools to help us not just survive, but thrive.

    • THANK YOU for saying this! FOTF frustrates me because so many of these children have a LOT of baggage and parenting them isn’t for the faint of heart. They make it sound easy, but it’s NOT! Even a child without a traumatic background has struggles because of the loss. Love is NOT enough!