- Posted by Let It Be Us
- On May 4, 2017
Having just watched national infertility week come and go, and impact those of us who have struggled with it, it’s interesting to realize that 1 in 8 couples in America struggle to build a family. The CDC says that’s 15% of couples in America. It’s further interesting to realize that infertility doesn’t discriminate against race, religion, sexual orientation or economic status. Interesting again, because neither does adoption from foster care.
The struggle to build a family is real and the desire is even more real. We grow up thinking that giving birth to and raising children is our birthright and when we find ourselves as part of the 15% that is faced with infertility, we can’t believe it.
How one resolves their struggle with infertility is a personal choice. Technology has brought about many options and yet societal changes have closed many options. While surrogacy options increase, foreign adoptions and domestic infant adoptions are decreasing. An option that is often not presented to those struggling with infertility is adoption from foster care, where thousands of children wait.
As one travels the road of infertility and considers the many options, and as the option of adoption becomes more real, Let It Be Us would like to point out some of the benefits of adoption from foster care in a stylized presentation in Chicago on May 13th. We are hosting an informational meeting featuring a panel of agencies that specialize in adoption from foster care along with a keynote speaker, Genie Gillespie, Chicago Adoption Attorney, who will specifically address the benefits of adoption from foster care, one being that, like infertility, it doesn’t discriminate against race, religion, sexual orientation or economic status.
Register for this event here: May 13, 10:00am, University of Illinois Chicago Campus (doors open at 9:30 to meet agencies)
See just a few of the many Illinois children available for adoption on the Heart Gallery of Illinois.