That's the projected number of children in the U.S., who are currently in foster care waiting for a forever family. These children often wait an average of four years to be adopted. That's if they don't "age" out of the system before then.
Yet, this is where the Christian community can bring much-needed—and tangible—hope for children and youth in crisis situations.
National Adoption MonthAt Focus on the Family®, we believe in God's Word, which declares the inherent value of every life—in all ages and stages—and the profound benefits both the child and society receive when children are united with forever families.
That's why we work tirelessly to:
- Restore the hope of orphaned children and youth
- Raise awareness of the need for adoptive families
- Provide resources and support throughout the adoption process
Thanks to Focus on the Family's Wait No More® outreach, the urgent need for adoptive parents is being highlighted through one-day events, which bring together adoption agencies, church leaders and ministry partners from local communities. From education, to starting the adoption journey, to training church members in how to come along side adoptive families in loving ways, Focus on the Family can help Christians navigate this important subject.
It's true that we can't help the circumstances we're born into and some of us start out in a much tougher place than other people. But just because we started there doesn't mean we have to end there.—Michael Oher, professional football player whose compelling story inspired, The Blind Side.
Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. God sets the solitary in a home ... —Psalm 68:5-6