Leave the Child Alone: That seems harsh doesn’t it! As friends and family you have journeyed alongside your friends for months and a lot of times years. You feel a connection to their story and their new child and you want to show that child and family how much you love them. I get that. It’s normal and a great attitude. The hard part is that this family needs to be together and help this child establish a bond with them.
Davion brought his reality to the forefront through his brave plea and the power of his story, but his reality represents thousands of other kids across the country. Over 101,000 kids are waiting for families in the U.S. right now. For every person who casually commented on the story with, “I would adopt him in a heartbeat”, and for the thousands of people who called on his behalf, I hope the emotional response doesn’t end there. For every Davion, there is a Milanda and aTonya and a James and a Tyron.
Foster care can be a rough road. Some 26,000 foster kids age out of the system each year, often with no life skills, no job, and no high school diploma. A study notes that 31 percent of foster children are homeless. “It is a human tragedy to see how life can be so difficult for kids,” Piraino adds, noting that around 600,000 children are currently in the foster care system.
Parents feel justifiably skeptical when I attempt to convince them that their 9 year-old child’s meltdown over being told “no” to a snack right before dinner triggers the part in their brain that believes “I’ll never get food again.” How can this be possibly true when the child has not gone without food for seven years AND mom is in the middle of cooking dinner- an obvious sign that food will be plentifully available very shortly.