Adoption Foster Care Kids

Siblings’ Plea to Be Adopted Together Has Gone Viral and They Live In YOUR Town

Written by Jamie C

Foster care and adoption are sort of my thing. I follow, approximately, every single foster care and adoption page on the internet. So when a foster or adoption story goes viral, I see it over and over again.

Once it was the story of a foster mom who broke down when she found her foster son’s toothbrush. We all cried over that one. Another time it was the ten year old boy who pleaded with a church congregation for someone to, please, adopt him. “I’ll adopt you!” I cried, along with every other mother who watched. This week it was the story of five siblings’ plea to be adopted together.

Apparently it all started when someone from the state placed a “family wanted” ad in the local “Kansas City Star.” The story shared the desire of five children to be adopted together, along with short descriptions of their interests and personalities and a photo of their precious faces. The ad went viral. Millions of people read and shared it. Thousands of people reached out with interest in adopting them.

These kids live in Kansas City. But, actually, they live in your town.

“They” may be these five siblings, aged 2 to 11, who like music and animals and the outdoors. Or “they” may be two toddlers who’ve shared a room and toys and sippy cups their whole lives. Or “they” may be a baby boy and his teenage brother, who’s been his primary caretaker for as long as his mom has been using. Or “they” may be twin preemie sisters who shared a womb for six months and a NICU room for four more. But they do, in fact, live right there in your town, wherever you may be.

And tonight, or some other night this week, a social worker called every name on his list trying to find a home for them to be together. Chances are, it wasn’t found. Chances are, siblings–brothers and sisters–were separated. In fact, all of the children listed above actually do live in my town and actually were separated.

Our hearts are tugged when we read real stories and see real pictures of real children in need. But, friends, whether their faces are spread across the internet or not, they exist. They may be faceless and voiceless and easily ignored, but they are very real. In your town, there are precious children who are going to bed tonight afraid or hungry or or hurting or alone. In your town, there are children who need a home and a family, children who need you.

Chances are, you won’t be bringing these five Kansas City siblings into your home. But if they sparked something in your heart, there are other children, just as precious, in just as much need, and they live in your town.

Visit www.adoptuskids.org to see the faces and read the stories of the precious children who are waiting for homes and families.

About the author

Jamie C

Jamie is a bio mom to two kiddos, foster/”definitely-for- now-maybe- forever”/pre-adoptive mom to two littles, and short-term foster mom to whichever baby needs a home this week. The 4+ kids in and out of her home make for some light-heart musings and some heavier broodings on her blog http://www.fosterthefamilyblog.com/ and as a contributor for the Huffington Post.

4 Comments

  • I would definitely take these precious 5 sibling in a heartbeat to keep them together. Unfortunately my house is way to small! Ever since I first saw this it has weighed heavily on my heart. I would so be interested. <3

  • I will take them in a heart beat.. I have a 4 bedroom house that I am rebuilding and can take them. I live out in the country in a good school district… Have horses, dogs, cats, goats and poultry with room to run.. But can’t seem to get in touch with the caseworker…

  • We are adoptive parents to a special needs young man, bio parents of 11 and foster parents of many. When we were going through the adoption process the day we were being presented for permanancy for a sibling group of 6 our worker asked us to consider withdrawing our name from the permanancy hearing for these children since there were 9 other families being considered and adopt our son who had no other prospects. Because of this emotional and cognitive disabilities no one had made any inquiries about adopting him in the many years he had been in foster care. We agreed since we began this journey to help those children most vulnerable to aging out of the system and keep sibling groups together. It is encouraging but not surprising that there were many inquiries about adopting these beautiful children. Many times the high profile, large sibling group cases are less difficult to place than the more obscure special needs child who is not physically attractive. We found that out by experience.