Support foster, adoptive families
What do Steve Jobs, Edgar Allan Poe and Presidents Bill Clinton and Gerald Ford all have in common? They all have had a significant impact on our world and they all were adopted. November is Adoption Awareness month and our children and adoptive parents need our support. Regardless of political party, religion or ethnicity, family is the most important and most critical component of a child's development.
In the United States, about 450,000 children and teens live in foster care and more than 107,000 are waiting for permanent adoptive families, while in Florida nearly 20,000 live in temporary foster care and hundreds are currently available for adoption. Locally, we have more than 300 children in the Pasco and Pinellas region whose adoptions were finalized within this past year. Several deserving foster children currently are available for adoption.
Adoption gives a child a chance at life. Adoption gives a child the most basic resource that money cannot buy — love and a family. Children in foster or adoptive care don't need perfection. They need the security, commitment and love a family can provide; families who understand their strengths and limitations, but aren't afraid to advocate on behalf of those most vulnerable in the state.
I commend these foster and adoptive families for creating an environment of commitment and unconditional love for children so they can adjust, grow and thrive in a safe, stable and permanent home.
In recognition of these children and families this November, I ask that you please take a few moments to support the adoptive and foster families who are in our community not only this holiday season but throughout the year. Perhaps, your home and your family may be just the place for a child. For more information on how to assist adoptive families or even become an adoptive or foster parent, please contact Eckerd Community Alternatives, toll-free, at 1-866-233-0790. Or visit Eckerd CBC.org or heartgallerykids.org. Adoptive and foster parents are making a difference, one child at a time.
Rep. John Legg, Port Richey