Lots and lots of foster kids dream of one day being be adopted by their ‘forever family’, and for many that dream comes true. Together We Rise, a foster care organisation in the US, has posted a number of heartwarming photos of children just after they have been adopted.
Many of these photos were taken by the families of the parents, and include beautifully decorated chalkboards showing just how long their child was in foster care for.
One photo shows a girl dressed in a beautiful white dress and bow in her hair, with a huge smile on her face. She's holding a sign showing that she had been in foster care for 1233 days.
This is sure to make you smile.
"Justin came to us in 2014, he was 3 1/2. We tried to have a child for 14 years and had multiple failed pregnancies. We went into foster care after meeting a recruiter for the agency at the Farmers Market. It was always our intent to adopt, but we never dreamed it would be our very first placement. Justin is a whole world and we are the happiest we have ever been in our whole lives. Justin is happy 5 year old boy now with a big heart and big dreams. He's already planning to be a foster parent when he gets older! Fostering to adopt is a long hard road, but it's worth every single tear we shed. " - Lundy Family togetherwerise.org #fosterlove #fostercare #adoption #togetherwerise
"Our original intent was just to adopt a sibling set that had already been terminated on. But our plans rarely ever turn out the way we planned! Gracie came to us at just 10 days old, a year and one month later her sister, Caroline, joined us. There were so many obstacles and hurdles along the way (including the Army moving us across the country). Almost three years later, we finalized on both girls!! It was all worth it. Love is always worth the risk! " - The Witt Family <3 togetherwerise.org #fosterlove #fostercare #togetherwerise
"Kendron came to us in January 2015 at four months old from another foster home... He was originally placed in foster care from the hospital.. We did not intend on adopting when we first looked into foster care. However, we have no biological children, so when the opportunity presented itself with our first foster son (now 5), we jumped at it. When we were asked to adopt Kendron, we knew this was how we were meant to build our family. My advice: we often hear that someone can't do foster care because "they would just get too attached." My response to that is, yes you will get attached. However, this endeavour is not about my concern over my own attachments.. It's about making the world a better place for a little one who has no one in the world to care for them. We couldn't imagine our lives without our two boys, so yes, it is worth it!" - Garcia Family togetherwerise.org #fostercare #fosterlove
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