Great question. For kids in foster care who have been inundated with gifts this past week and are now back to where they started, it is a difficult one. And for those waiting on the permanence of a forever family, it gets even harder.
One of the volunteers who helped me with the Christmas party said it best after the party was over “I have to do more…this was just one day out of 365..I’m sure these kids wonder where we are on the other 364.” And she is right. The kids who are ‘veterans’ in the system have learned to cope- and unfortunately they’ve gotten comfortable with being disappointed.
My prayer for the new year is that I will find out of the box ways to let the need for adoptive and foster families be known, that I would be a voice for the kids who don’t have one, and that I can, by the grace of God, help the kids who are waiting today to be tightly tucked in their forever families by this time next year.
I know this would be a miracle. I know that statistically it doesn’t look plausible let alone doable. But I believe in a God of miracles who “places the lonely in families..” and to whom nothing is impossible.
Won’t you join me this year in praying that God will raise up families for the over 500 kids in my state and the close to 125,000 kids in the United States who need the one thing that to this point has eluded them…a family.
Now that’s a resolution.