Neglected and Unwanted Children: A Problem We Can Solve

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.

About David Davies, Editor-in-Chief

David Davies is the Editor-in-Chief of Media Rostra. He is also a lawyer and a licensed minister, so he is basically distrusted by everyone on some level. He received his Political Science degree from the University of Tulsa and his Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas. He is a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arkansas, a former "good athlete for his size," and current owner of The Law Offices of David Davies, PLLC -- an Estate Planning and Elder Law firm that has offices in Arkansas and Tennessee. He co-authored, with fellow editor, Aaron Brooks, the article entitled: “Exploring Student-Athlete Compensation: Why the NCAA Cannot Afford to Leave Athletes Uncompensated," in the University of Notre Dame’s Journal of College and University Law.


  1. Joshua HaleNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting info from the C.A.L.L. (Children of Arkansas Loved for a Lifetime).  In Arkansas, if just one more family from each church in Pulaski County alone adopted a child, that would take care of all the children waiting to be adopted in Arkansas.  And that is just one county.