“I want to help children get adopted and never have to experience some of the negatives that come with the foster care system,” said Lisa Cuffaro, Destiny’s founder and executive director.
There are positives to the foster care system. But the point is to keep children out of the system in the first place.
In 2014, there were more than 400,000 children in foster care in the U.S. Each year, more than 26,000 children age out of the system. This means that at 18 they are on their own with almost no resources — no housing and no financial or emotional support.
Children who age out don’t have the family support, opportunities and resources to make a successful transition into adulthood. One in five will become homeless. 71 percent of young women will become pregnant. One in four will experience PTSD from childhood trauma.
Foster care isn’t a substitute for a permanent family. It can’t give the love, acceptance and support a child requires and deserves. If a birth mom is facing an unplanned pregnancy and isn’t ready for the responsibility of parenthood, adoption can be a positive choice.
Benefits of adoption include improving long-term health, well-being, safety and stability. If you’re thinking “Should I choose adoption?” then research and consider the impact of adoption on birth moms and children.
A loving, open adoption plan can provide your child with a safe and stable family environment. Also, it can allow you to maintain a healthy connection without the responsibilities of parenthood. When it comes to making a decision about placing your baby for adoption, the best advice comes from birth moms that have been there. One of our birth moms, Marlana, said in a recent interview, “Listen to your heart.”
Author: Destiny Adoption Services
Destiny Adoption Services is proud to support and guide birth parents and adoptive families on the journey of adoption. We’re a state licensed nonprofit adoption agency with four decades of adoption experience, and our professional team of experts includes moms, adoptive moms and birth mothers who provide compassion combined with trusted resources and skills.