While I'm waiting for Baby I besides doing the normal things like shopping, working out and de-cluttering I've been watching a lot of TV. OK so that is normal too, but I've been watching a lot of programs related to adoption, foster care and Ethiopia. I may as well tug the heart strings for the next year or so.
If you didn't know, before I made the decision to adopt from Ethiopia I considered adopting domestically but decided to wait until Baby I was home. I've always wanted at least two children so a second domestic adoption is a real possibility. I even completed all of my course work through DC Children and Family Services to adopt/foster from the city. I was never quite sure if this was the right path for me but I've been thinking more and more about it lately.
Over the Christmas Holidays I watched the TV special with Faith Hill Home for the Holidays where they celebrated adoption and showed a number of adoptive families telling their stories. I sat in front of the TV for those few hours crying and thinking about older children needing homes just as much as I think about the children in Ethiopia needing homes. I then knew I also had to foster/adopt a child from the States once Baby I came home. There are so many children everywhere that need families, I just really want to live in a mansion and love up on them all day long.
This past weekend I watched a Lifetime movie (TiVo) about a young man (America) in the foster care system. Rosie O'Donnell is the psychiatrist that helps him come to terms with his roller coaster life.
In typical Tami fashion, I got emotional. I got knots in my stomach...the I have to do something else kind. I just can't take it! All of these statistics are killing me.
More than half of a million kids in foster care. Once they age out of the system only 2 out of 10 will make it. The others will end up homeless, in prison or dead. I know adopting/fostering older children comes with other issues but someone has to do it. But of course it is all just talk now, I really have to think all of this through and do a whole lot of planning. A whole lot! Maybe winning the lotto would be a plus also!