November is National Adoption Month
As the holiday season approaches, we are reminded that the gift of family is at the top of my personal list of blessings. Here at Catholic Charities, our Adoption and Specialized Foster Care Programs are designed to match loving families with children in need of a loving home.
To accomplish this important goal, we need the help of people like you, and because of that we are asking you to please consider a gift to help provide the opportunity for children to grow and thrive in the security of a family’s love.
Here is just one example how your donation does just that:
At seven years old, Alex entered foster care after her birth parents were unable to successfully meet their goals and subsequently had their legal rights terminated. Alex struggled with anger and social skills and was often moved from one foster home to the next. She demonstrated distrust for adults, stemming from feelings of being rejected, but was still a kind and bright child who loved art and playing outside. She just needed adults who could be there for her and help her manage her anger.
John and Maria learned of Alex through a friend and knew they wanted to be Alex’s forever family. The couple contacted Catholic Charities to assist them through the process of becoming certified foster and adoptive parents. Catholic Charities worked with the local Children and Youth Services office to place Alex with John and Maria. The couple recognized the impact on a young child from moving between multiple homes and knew it would require time and commitment. Catholic Charities supported John and Maria whenever they needed and staff helped the couple secure additional support services for Alex.
Alex acted out, was destructive and struggled with relationships, but over time, her behaviors improved as she felt not only accepted, but comfortable in her new home. A year and half later, John and Maria officially adopted Alex. For them, Alex was already a part of their family. They felt that working with Catholic Charities and getting support services for Alex improved their family as a whole. Alex will continue to have some struggles, but overall she is doing well. She continues to love art and do well in school, and she enjoys family outings. When asked about their adoption experience, John and Maria note “Having Alex taught us all how to listen better and have an open heart.”
This is just one example of the work we do every day in our Adoption and Specialized Foster Care Programs. Our Specialized Foster Care Program places children who have been separated from their families by the court system into loving homes. Often times, adoption is an appropriate course, and Catholic Charities assists many foster parents in adopting their children and providing a permanent caring environment. In addition, our Adoption Program matches interested families with a child or group of siblings engaged with the Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN). We also provide many services for children awaiting permanency through the SWAN network.
This type of work is expensive, and we need your help. Many agencies offer adoption and foster care services, but Catholic Charities provides help and creates hope for all individuals (of all faiths) regardless of their financial situation. In addition, the revenue we receive for our work does not match the cost of the services we provide. In order to continue our services, we rely heavily on the generosity of people like you who understand and appreciate the importance of these efforts.
There are thousands of boys and girls who want one thing more than anything else – a family. Money should not be the reason children can’t find loving parents. If we had the resources we need, we could bring more children and families together.
Won’t you please help?
November is National Adoption Month, a time to raise awareness and generate support for programs like Catholic Charities that bring adoptive children and families together. This month, please consider a gift of $500, $250, $100, or whatever you can to help support our important work. Your donation will be used to provide the resources we need to help build permanent, caring families in our region.
Your gift, regardless of the amount, will make a difference. And you can take pride knowing that you are a part of something truly special.
Thank you in advance for your consideration and your support.
To make your gift online via our secured server, visit Adoption Month Online Donation Form
To lear more about our Adoption and Specialized Foster Care Program, visit Adoption and Foster Care Webpage