North Texas families grow as they adopt children during National Adoption Month. Is it too late for some? Is there something you can do to help?
National Adoption Day on Saturday, November 17th will be a day of celebration for families across the U.S., including here in North Texas. Last year, 13-year-old Nathan said he prayed the day would come that he would finally be adopted. But until Friday November 16th, 2017, it was only a dream. He was running out of time, and the future was dim.
However, it all changed when Nathan found a forever family with Steve and Monica Wood.
The 13-year-old had been in foster homes since he was 2 years old. But, never again.
“We just prayed for a while — me and my other roommate,” he recalled. “And we were just praying and talked about what would it be like to have a family.”
Steve Wood is the head football coach at Aledo High School. Over the years, he’s mentored hundreds of young players. Nathan moved there to be with his new parents and now plays football in middle school.
“He had a smile on his face. You could tell he was happy to meet us, which meant a lot to us,” Steve recalled.
Sixty adoptions were finalized in one day at the Gladney Center for Adoption in Fort Worth. The Woods already have two children who are away at college, but they have plenty of love for another child.
Who are They?
Nathan was the oldest child officially adopted on National Adoption day in 2018.
“This is going to be my child,” Monica said. “This is my son you’re saying hello for the first time, and he’s 13.”
3-month-old Judah was the youngest child in the group of adoptions. Ryan and Sarah Tew have kept an open relationship with his birth mother. They say it’s best for their new son.
“When he asks, ‘Tell me about the day I was born?’ We’re telling him stories about how we first met him. These are realities and conversations we’re always going to have with him,” Ryan said. “He’ll know he’s adopted. We’re very proud of that.”
As for the older kids, the Gladney Center says they age out of the foster home system at 18 years old. After that, they’re on their own. About 64 percent end up homeless or in jail by the time they’re 20 years old.
National Adoption Day 2018 was a day of celebration for families across the U.S., including here in North Texas.
National Adoption Awareness Month
November is national Adoption Awareness Month and all over the US, little children are being adopted into their forever homes! National Adoption day is the Saturday before Thanksgiving so this year it will be on November 17th. Mass adoptions take place all over the US on that day and many orphans and children who have been placed in foster care due to neglect or abuse will finally have a mommy and a daddy who will be there for them.
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