For many children in Kentucky, their parents are unable to properly care for them. Addiction to alcohol or drugs, financial difficulties and/or abuse are often cited as reasons that children are removed from their birth parents and placed into foster care. This can be a frightening and traumatic time for children as they are moved between different homes or even shuffled between their birth parents and foster care. For some, however, it can lead to adoption by a loving family.
Some groups are trying to provide comfort to these children and let them know that they are far from forgotten. One woman plans to give children suitcases with items in it to replace the clear plastic trash bags that foster children often use to carry their belongings in. It is unknown what types of items she includes with the suitcases, but the program is one of many that are encouraged by a group called Together We Rise.
The group, which is run by young adults who were once in the foster system, and was started by a university student, seeks to provide foster children with suitcases, college supplies and even bicycles. It is unknown what encouraged the student to found the nonprofit program, but it works throughout the U.S. and focuses on giving support to children who often spend more than a thousand days in the foster care system.
If people are thinking about adoption as a way to expand their family, they may want to meet with an adoption attorney. The attorney can help them gain an understanding of the legal process and provide important information.
Source: USA Today, “Pure happiness on faces of kids on their adoption day,” Lauren Ready, May 2, 2016