November is National Adoption Month, according to the National Child Welfare Department. This month stands as the perfect time to raise awareness of all of the children left in the foster system waiting for a family to love them and a place to call home.
According to the organization Children’s Rights, approximately 26,000 foster kids age out of the system each year. These children are thrust out into the adult world often with no life skills, no job, and no high school diploma. A study conducted by this organization states that 31 percent of foster children are homeless.
“It is a human tragedy to see how life can be so difficult for kids,” Michael Piraino, chief executive officer of the National Casa told Yahoo Shine, noting that around 600,000 children are currently in the foster care system.
The plight of children left stranded in the foster care system was brought to light with the brave words of 15-year-old orphan Davion Only, who spoke before parishioners at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in St. Petersburg and made a plea to be adopted.
"I'll take anyone," Davion said to the parishioners. "Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don't care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be."
His caseworker, Connie Going, confirmed on “The View” recently that Davion will have a family, as over 10,000 individuals have contacted their agency wanting to adopt Davion.
However, not all children in the foster care system will end up with a happy ending as many do not have a voice or platform through which to make their appeal. Further, the number of foster parents who are willing to adopt are not large enough to meet need.
“Those stories are just wonderful stories, but it is a really complicated thing to get the kind of outcomes we want for that many kids,” Piraino told Yahoo Shine. “Individual care and attention is the only way you can possibly help a system to do the right thing for the kids,” he says, adding that these are “really meaningful ways to change these lives for the better.”