People set expectations for you from the day you’re born. These are folks who know you’re capable of accomplishing great feats and possess the potential to succeed in life. Many of us are lucky enough to call these people our family. Whether they’re your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or friends, they push you to do your best and never give up. Unfortunately, there are children in the foster care system who’ve never experienced a warm family environment or been told they can achieve anything they set their minds to.
Foundations like Adopt US Kids, a service of the US Children’s Bureau, are helping children of all ages find loving families to provide them with something they never had: a stable home. Their mission is to raise awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families to take in children in the public child welfare system. Once a child is placed into the foster care system, the average amount of time before adoption is 3 years. However, teenagers placed into the system have a much lower chance of being adopted than younger children.
That’s why it’s so encouraging to hear a success story like the Dickey family’s. Wanting to give back to their community, they decided to foster an older child. While searching the Adopt US Kids website, they came across a teenager named Brittany and almost automatically recognized her potential. Brittany came to live with the Dickey’s as a foster child. Over time they came to think of her as one of the family and made the move to adopt her. As Mrs. Dickey said “I can’t imagine life without her (Brittany) now. She definitely brings a spark to the house and an energy level we’ve always had but she just adds another wattage to it.” We’re happy Brittany and the Dickey’s have found one another through foster care and hope others will take the initiative to become foster parents.
Want to learn more about Brittany’s story? Watch the video below and leave us a comment letting us know what you think!