- Posted by Let It Be Us
- On February 23, 2018
It’s interesting to realize that 1 in 8 couples in America struggle to build a family. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (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 often not presented to those struggling with infertility is adoption from foster care, where thousands of children wait. Adoption from foster care is also the only option that is without cost.
As one travels the road of infertility and considers the many options, and as the option of adoption becomes more real, one of our goals is to educate the public about the benefits of adoption from foster care at our Finding Forever Families Evens. We host these informational events featuring panels of agencies that specialize in adoption from foster care along with keynote speakers specifically addressing the many benefits of adoption from foster care. Finding Forever Families Events also focus on a question and answer session that is always lively and productive as event attendees participate in sharing stories and finding answers.
See all of the Let It Be Us Finding Forever Families events scheduled throughout Illinois in 2018 here.
See just a few of the many Illinois children available for adoption on the Heart Gallery of Illinois.
Let It Be Us is a 501(c)(3) with the mission of adoption and education of children in Illinois foster care. Learn more about their work here.