Today is Orphan Sunday.
Back when I first stared fostering, I would say about one year into it, I did not understand how people around me just did not get it. By 'get it' I mean, how can you see that there are CHILDREN that need homes and a family....and you just don't do anything?
I struggle with this, a lot.
Now, I do think I understand it more than I used to because there are ALOT of kids overseas that NEED to be adopted and I have yet to feel like I am supposed to do that.
Their are tons of special needs kids in the system that NEED homes, and yet I do not feel equipt to take that on either.
I understand that we each have our own place in this giant puzzle. Quite frankly if we all jumped in and helped as many kids as humanly possible even that would not work because we ALL would be so burnt out and have no help.
The people in my life who have never adopted or fostered, but support me, actively support me, are such a gift. When they love my kids it helps me. When they watch them in the nursery at church it helps me. When they babysit my kids it helps me. When they give me their hand me down it helps me.
On days like Orphan Sunday, my 'message' is this:
There are kids who need families, desperately. Please search your heart and see if you can help. If adoption isn't for you, foster. If fostering isn't for you, donate. If donating isn't possible, gift your time and love. Find a way to help, and help. Even the smallest bit of help makes a world of difference in the orphan crisis.