In America today we can solve the problem of abused and neglected children who need a loving home — I am convinced that the numbers are not greater than the compassion of the people who can be mobilized to solve this crisis. In 2010, there were 408,000 children in the health and human services system. Of that number, 108,000 are waiting to be adopted. For each child that is waiting to be adopted by a loving parent or parents, this number seems overwhelming, but from a national perspective, this number is solvable.
I am convinced that there is an abundance of caring and compassionate Americans who would be willing to provide foster care or ancillary support to the 300,000 children who are not yet in a position to be adopted but need love and support, or who would be willing to offer their home and heart to one of the 108,000 that are waiting for adoption. This is a problem that we can solve by letting our compassion become action.
Some problems seem overwhelming. Some seem impossible to impact. But not this one. Through mobilization and volunteering within our communities, we can become a nation where the line of citizens waiting to help neglected and unwanted children dwarfs the line of children hoping for someone to provide them with hope and love and stability. That would be a day worth celebrating.