National Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is a beautiful time of year. The sunshine and spring showers revitalize the earth and wake up the flowers from their long winter nap. Although the world outside our windows is newly lush and blooming, healthy and lively, there are nearly 3,000 local children for whom the world isn’t such a happy place. April is National Child Abuse Prevention month, an important time to raise awareness of the fact that not all children are growing up in safe and loving homes. EVERY DAY, in the Sacramento area alone, 10 local children enter the foster care system. Most of these children have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Over 20% of these children, will not be reunited with their biological families and are in desperate need of loving and safe homes.
For those of you who have thought about these children and wondered whether you had what it takes to successfully parent these kids, here is an abbreviated list of the characteristics of successful adoptive parents.
- Love of children and an ability to focus on children’s needs
- Evidence of an ability to take risks, especially related to children
- Well established, open, and direct patterns of communication in the marriage/partnership and in other relationships
- Perseverance or an ability to wait for the child’s commitment while making one’s pledge without reservations
- Operative support systems
- Intact sense of self-satisfaction that does not need to be shored up by the child
- Sense of humor and proportion
- Emotional maturity
- Lack of judgmental attitude toward the birth family and willingness to learn and include the child’s past in the family and being able to confront and discuss directly with the child any abuse done to the child
- Find differences interesting
To learn more about what it takes to be a successful adoptive parent check out our series of blogs, or contact us with an inquiry, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.
Adoption is a lifetime commitment to child, greatly in need of the love and stability that can only be provided by a forever family. If you can’t adopt, please click here to learn more about our Mentoring program. Through the Wonder Mentoring program, a child in foster care is matched with a mentor, who is often the only person not paid to be in that child’s life. Wonder Mentoring gives our local children hope for a brighter future and makes sure that they don’t have to go through foster care all alone.
Finally, if you can’t adopt or mentor, we ask for your partnership in helping to get our local children out of foster care and into the loving, safe families that they deserve. Spread the word on the work we’re doing in our community and click here to show your support.
Visit Sierraff.org to learn more about adopting children from foster care.