TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – November is National Adoption Month. Instead of featuring a child who needs to be adopted, a Wednesday kid, Lori Hutchinson focuses on adoption myths.
So many people are drawn to our Wednesday children, children in state care who need to be adopted, but there are often misconceptions that hold people back. With the help of our partners at Foster Adopt Connect, Caroline Kohring and Sydenie Harmon, we’re busting the “main” adoption myths like you have to be married and own your own home to be a forever family.
“You can be single or rent an apartment to adopt.”
Number two: Adoption costs too much.
“Often families feel like they can’t afford adoption…while adoption outside of a foster home is minimal to no cost…there is also help adoption which is offered to families to help meet the needs of children entering the family.
Three: Older children don’t want to be adopted.
“As we all know, we never really outgrow the need to have a family…everyone always wants to feel like they belong…no matter how old they are.”
Myth number four: Foster children are bad or dangerous. “I think teenagers get a bad rap when they go into foster care…they’ve been through trauma…they’re old enough to have seen a lot, remember a lot, and know a lot. a lot…and at the end of the day, they’re just kids…they deserve a loving family, they deserve a loving home.
And finally, that you have to put everything together to adopt a child.
“If that were the case, no one would ever be adopted. You don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent. If you have room in your home and your heart, you can help a child in the need.
For more information on adoption, contact Adopt Kansas Kids. You can start with them websiteit’s such a great resource!
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